Pagani Huayra: A Wing On Wheels

Pagani Huayra

Designed as a wing the Pagani Huayra is the second model Pagani has made in its 23 years of existence. Two models in over two decades means Pagani aim to make a mark with each new model they build. Zonda has been a brilliant flagship car, however the Huayra is an abled successor.

The name for Pagani’s new offering has become a little harder to pronounce as it is pronounced as why-ra. This Pagani got its name from Wayra Tata, “God of the Winds” from the ancient Inca people.

Speaking of names it was named the “Hypercar of the Year 2012” by Top Gear magazine. This wasn’t the only prestigious accolade it received as it became the fastest car on the Top Gear Test Truck , as it smashed the Aerial Atom’s record with a time of 1:13.8 back in 2011. The car hasn’t stopped there as it has made an appearance on the silver screen also. It appeared in Transformers: Age of Extinction as a villain, where is plays the KSI prototype that turns to the Decepticon Stinger.

Continuing its association with Diamler AG, Pagani have used a specially crafted Mercedes-AMG V12 twin-turbo engine. This 6.0 litre engine produces 720 bhp and 1,100 Nm of torque. Utilizing the power availed to it the Huayra reaches a maximum speed of 238 mph. Getting from 0-62 mph will take you 3.0 seconds. To help withstand lateral acceleration of 1.66 g at speeds of up to 230 mph Pagani have fitted Pirelli tyres.

I don’t argue with Pagani’s craftsmanship, however I was hoping that they could make the integral components themselves, mind you not that they are outsourcing substandard parts. I say this because I think it would be nice for Pagani to be written across the engine instead of AMG. You know no matter the deal they have with Diamler AG, for any company out there charity always starts at home.

Pagani Huayra

The Huayra is a proselytizer of active aerodynamics. This makes it totally different from its predecessor. Active aerodynamics means the car adapts to the situation rather than being a stationary brick. Being able to change its height at the front from the ground and having control of four flaps helps it achieve this. Concerning the flaps, two are placed at the rear, while the other two are placed at the front. These flaps are able to move through a control unit which receives information about the car’s speed, yaw rate, lateral acceleration etc. This info is provided from systems such as ABS and ECU. The car’s designer Horacio Pagani says the car’s coefficient drag is 0.31 – 0.37. With the active aerodynamics the car is able to stay rooted to the ground, as it avoids body roll.

The Huayra’s interior makes it fit for a god or rather a wealthy oligarch that will never drive it faster than a school bus. To be honest I doubt there is any other car that does interior quite like Pagani. The leather is amazing, the seats are comfy and everything is plush and very easy on the eye.

Pagani announced earlier this year in February that all their Huayra’s have been sold out. They had made 100 units in its three year productions spell. The car was being sold at a price of $ 1,314,000. However, that shouldn’t dampen your mood as they are introducing a Roadster version of the car in next year’s Geneva Motor Show.

Do you think the Huayra was an upgrade or do you feel it disappointed the Zonda? Have your say leave a comment.

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