TG meets the Pagani Huayra
Come with us for a closer look at the sensational Zonda successor, after last week’s packed public debut in Geneva
Posted: 08 Jun 2012
But where were we? Ah yes, downforce. The base drag coefficient is just 0.33, but there's one very special trick that means that figure varies. The car has a set of four individually computer-controlled flaps on its upper surfaces, which allow the downforce of each corner to be controlled. If it was on a racing car it'd be banned forthwith.
Horacio himself has done much of the development driving, along with company test driver Davide Testi, as well as the AMG and Bosch people. He wanted to set it up as a road car, even though he knows lots of his buyers go to tracks. So we can be hopeful the Huayra has inherited the sublime feel of the Zonda's steering, and the way the chassis gave you so much warning of the limit, as well as the easy way it dealt with bumps. But yes, of course lots of buyers go to tracks. It's the only way they could floor this throttle for more than an achingly tantalising instant.