Pagani is pirouetting around his office pretending to be a ballerina. Which wasn’t
what I was expecting to find when I woke up this morning. But there’s sense to
the oddness – he’s explaining his theories on centralisation of polar moments
of inertia with reference to mid-engined supercars. Which, weirdly, I was expecting to find when I woke up
this morning, except possibly in a slightly more practical fashion, because I’m
here to drive the new Pagani Huayra, the £800k, 730bhp twin-turbo V12 that’s
had me in fits ever since I first saw it some 18 months ago.
do a lot of chatting. About Veyrons, and Carrera GTs and supercars in general.
It’s hard to concentrate, simply because there’s a little voice in the back of
my head chanting “I want to drive the car now”. There’s a Huayra downstairs. I
really do want to drive the car. Now. But Horacio loves cars. And engineering.
And talking about them. So I smile and become engrossed, and the little voice
gets subsumed by a torrent of car-stuff that pours through HP’s office in an
invisible but slightly petrol-scented fog.
talk about the future, and the past. But the one thing that constantly comes
through in glorious high-def is that Horacio Pagani, with his black jeans and
Pagani-branded white linen shirt, sweep of steel grey hair and wire-framed
glasses, is really, really into this stuff. He’s obsessive. He’s also a bit
mad. He’s brilliant.
last thing he does before we go and see the car, is sit there and tap his
temples with both hands, clutch his right fist over his heart and then make a
kind of Tommy Cooper gesture with both hands extended, palms down. It
translates – broadly – that to make a decent supercar, you need to combine
intellect (the head), soul (the fist to the chest) and physical craft (the
When you see the Huayra, you’ll understand…
Words: Tom Ford
Pics: Jamie Lipman
For the full pictures and story, you
need the next issue of Top Gear magazine – out 20 June 2012