Here's why the Pagani Huayra is my 'Holy Grail' car
Firstly, It is highly unlikely that in my lifetime I will be in the position to buy (or even sit in!) a Pagani Huayra! This is such a breath taking car physically and has the presence of the baby Jesus returning to Earth. I mean, just look at this thing! Horatio Pagani has spent decades perfecting the design of this brand and by jove he's nailed it!
What gets me the most about the Huayra is the intricate and precise craftsmanship that has gone into the gear selector alone. The whole this is exposed so you can see each and every individual of the 67 titanium parts in motion. The mechanical click you hear when moving the gear selector is what would make this car such a raw sense of occasion to drive. Not only that but the fact that 'Huayra' stand for the god of wind, says a lot about this incredible work of art.
Now, let's talk about the elephant in the room. The monstrosity that is the 730bhp twin turbo V12 from AMG that powers this thing. As the car only weighs 1,350kg it means that this engine propels the Huayra from 0-60 in 3.1 seconds! Considering this car is RWD really means that there is a possibility you may not make it home that evening. Instead of a the new and much more comfortable dual clutch gearbox that many cars are fitted with these days, the Huayra is fitted with the conventional single clutch gearbox which is fantastic at high speeds but around town it would be a jolty nightmare to live with! But it does save about 100kg! (not that many people would daily a Huayra!) This is a true widowmaker. But, not to worry! The Pagani Huayra is fitted with flaps on the bonnet and at the rear which detect when you are at speed and will deploy in order to help slow you down under intense braking and stabilising at speed.
Let's talk about looks because wow does this thing have them! Now, to be honest, I have never been fortunate enough to see one of these in person but through only pictures and videos but if the Huayra is anything near as crazy looking in the flesh then there is a big chance I would faint! Nothing comes close to the looks of a Pagani, that's just straight fact! Especially when the whole thing is open. Every time I look at one I discover a new tiny detail.
Photo from Pintrest - Laurent Villaron
The body of the Huayra is made from a composite of Carbon Fibre and Titanium which not only means that it's stiffer than just Carbon fibre but also won't shatter but instead crack under impact meaning it's far safer. Everything in the car is sculpted from Titanium. Even the 'Pagani' badge takes 24 hours to carve out of aluminum. Not only that but each wheel takes just under a week to manufacture out of a single block of aluminum.
Photo from Pintrest
When you have the money, there is so much personalisation available for both the interior and exterior. You are pretty much able to do as you please. The base price of a Huayra when it came out was about £820,000 which for a base price is fairly substantial but as of recent has risen to well over £1,000,000. Obviously, you can add so much more on top of this to increase the looks and value of the car by changing interior and exterior colours and materials.
Well, I challenge you to name a better 'Holy Grail' car! Let me know in the comments.