The Pagani Huayra is the 2012 replacement for the legendary Zonda and Pagani have pushed even harder to achieve motoring excellence.
I admit that this car is so modern that it’s outside the scope I originally set for this blog but I became interested in it when I asked the question…
“What car would you buy in 2014 if you were an Internet billionaire and you wanted to flaunt your success?”
The Pagani Huayra was my answer and the more I find out about the car and the extraordinary commitment of Horacio Pagani to combine art and science, physical beauty and engineering excellence.
Development Of The Huayra
The Zonda appeared in 1999 to trump the best of Lamborghini and Ferrari but supercars started to become hypercars as the Bugatti Veyron leapfrogged above the McLaren F1 as the ultimate sports car for the road.
Work on a replacement began in 2003 and the Huarya was promoted to the press with photographs in January 2011 as Pagani were criticised for the number of special editions of the Zonda. It then appeared at the Geneva motor show in March 2011. Production started in 2012.
This video is 45 minutes long but if you’re interested in the design, engineering and construction of high performance cars, it’s compelling viewing.
What’s nice about Pagani is that it feels like a throwback to the old days where Lamborghini and Ferrari were driven by the vision of one man. Now they are parts of the Volkswagen and Fiat groups. While they still create excellent cars, it is greatness through a committee.
Specification Of The Huayra
Length – 4,605 mm (181.3 inches)
Width – 2,036 mm (80.2)
Height – 1,169 mm (46.0)
Wheelbase – 2,795 mm (110.0)
Weight – 1,350 kg (2,980 lb)
That’s 5 inches longer and 2 inches wider than a Bugatti Veyron with a very similar height but the car is 538kg less in weight.
It has a 5890cc twin turbo V12 engine specially built for it by AMG and it produces 720bhp and 1000 N/m (740 lb/ft) of torque to deliver shattering performance.
Driving The Pagani Huayra
There are some great videos of the driving experience. Let’s start with Richard Hammond from Top Gear in the UK.
When The Stig took it out to do Power Lap, it set a new record of 1:13.8. That’s 3 seconds faster than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, 3.8 seconds faster than the Koenigsegg CCX (with Top Gear Wing) and 4 seconds faster than Pagani Zonda Roadster F.
Rumour has it that the McLaren P1 will go around the track faster.
Also here are two videos from Fifth Gear, another car show in the UK.
Drive – Test Drive in Italy – /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
Jay Leno’s Garage
I could put many more videos on here that tell you what a great car this it but you may as well go directly to the YouTube Pagani Huayra page.
Scale Models Of The Huayra
Such a popular hypercar is very well represented for collectors of 1:18 models.
- 1:18 – Autoart
- 1:18 – BBR
- 1:18 – Mondo
- 1:18 – Motormax
- 1:18 – Welly GT Autos
- 1:24 – Mondo
- 1:24 – Motormax
- 1:24 – Richmond
- 1:43 – Sparks
I’ve made it easy for you to check what models are available at what price from these websites:
Collectable Diecast – a specialist model retailer in America
Please check the search results carefully and change the criteria if necessary.
Is The Pagani Huayra One Of The Sexiest Cars Ever Made?
There’s something about this car that I find extremely exciting. It’s not the fastest or the most expensive or the best looking but whatever “it” is, this car has it in bucket-loads.
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