Pagani Huayra: Living up to the Hype

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It is hard to discriminate a good GT car from a bad one these days. Considering the broad definition of GT cars, there are instances when these vehicles are just high-end family cars. In the case of the Pagani Hauyra, however, things are different. It is a legitimate GT car that can easily amaze people on the streets.

Pagani Huayra is an Italian made sports car made by the manufacturing company as a follow up to the Pagani Zonda. According to reports, the Pagani Huayra costs around $1.3 million. The name of the Pagani Huayra was taken from the Quechua language of the Incas.

Huayra-tata was the God of the Winds for the Incas. Living up to the name, the Pagani Huayra is a high-performance vehicle that received the Hypercar of the Year award for 2012 by Top Gear Magazine.

Is it Legal

A lot of fast cars today are illegal. There are cars that will only be used on the racetracks. The Pagani Huayra is the complete opposite of these cars. The engineers and designers pictured the Pagani Huayra running on the streets. Today, the Pagani Huayra is considered the fastest road-legal car.

Performance of the Pagani Huayra

When the Pagani Huayra was tested by Top Gear, it was made to run on the Top Gear Test Track. With a lap time of 1 minute 13.8 seconds, the Pagani Huayra beat the Ariel Atom V8 record of 1 minute 15.1 seconds. The car manufacturing company knows exactly the importance of technology. This was also the reason why they did not hesitate to coordinate with Mercedes AMG for its engine.

The engine responsible for the fast Pagani Huayra is the German-produced Mercedes Benz AMG 60 degree V12 engine. Having 730 horsepower to propel the lightweight car, it has the capacity to hit 372 kilometers per hour for its top speed.

Also, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in an impressive 3.3 seconds. Engineers of the Pagani Huayra modified the gearbox of the car to a seven-speed manual transmission. Manufacturers picked the gearbox design to reduce the weight of the supercar.


The Pagani Zonda was such a great success that the Pagani Huayra adapted some of its design. The material used for the chassis of the Zonda was also utilized in the Pagani Huayra. Engineers made use of carbenium monocoque construction to reduce the weight of the vehicle. Carbotanium is a method of using titanium alloy with advanced carbon composites. According to research this technology allows the yielded material to be elastic and strong but at the same time lightweight.

When the Pagani Huayra was designed, the intention was to drop the drag coefficient and to maximize the downforce depending on the situation. Having an active aerodynamic design, it reacts to whatever situation is present. The drag coefficient for the Pagani Huayra runs from .31 to .37.

Official Debut

The Pagani Huayra debuted online on January 25, 2011. The press release was in preparation for the 2011 Geneva Auto Salon. Though it costs a million dollars, this car is the epitome of what a GT car is all about. Top-notch technology and superb performance, these are some of the things that you can expect with a car named after the Wind God.

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