Our Editors Reflect On Their Favorite Rides From 2014
As the year comes to a close, our editors are all taking time to reflect on the machinery that made 2014 so special, with one simple, open-ended question as the guide: "What's the best car you drove this year?"
Earlier today, we brought you west coast editor Michael Harley's review of the absolutely stunning Pagani Huayra – a "fascinating, imperfect machine" that our author sums up with one word: "intoxicating." And now that you've read his text and ogled the gorgeous accompanying photos shot by our own Drew Phillips, we've got one more treat for you: video.
As big as the North American market is, it's hard for a small-scale European automaker to make it over here. The cost of pursuing certification both in Europe and in the United States is just too high for a small outfit to absorb. That's why Pagani, for example, never brought the Zonda to North America. But when it came to the newer Huayra, the Modenese automaker made EPA, CARB and NHTSA certification a priority - making Pagani the only automaker producing less than 100 vehicles per year to have
When Pagani introduced the Huayra in 2011, it was supposed to supplant the Zonda entirely. But two and a half years later, we're still seeing new versions of the Zonda rolling out of the factory in Modena, like the latest 760 X edition recently circulating the web. And we can hardly blame Pagani. After all, would you turn down a paying customer – especially one willing to pay as much as it costs to have a special one-off Zonda built to their specifications? Of course not. But we're left wo
Over the course of fourteen years of production, Pagani made more special editions and versions of the Zonda than we would care to count. But over the past three years since its debut, we've only seen the one version of the Huayra.
The $1.2-million, rear-wheel-drive Pagani Huayra is fitted with a twin-turbocharged V12, rated at 720 horsepower, which is capable of launching its 3,100-pound curb weight to 60 miles per hour in about three seconds flat. Hold its oval aluminum accelerator pedal to its stops on a proper stretch of pavement and it won't run out of steam until it touches 230 mph. It is, by all measures, a handful for all but the most skilled drivers.
If you ever wondered what goes on in the mind of someone that builds hypercars for a living, or what inspired them to get into that line of work in the first place, you'll want to watch this video from XCar. It's a long one, at 30 minutes, and it's exclusively in Italian so you'll be reading subtitles, but this interview with Pagani founder Horatio Pagani is a must-watch for anyone interested in his brand's ultra-performance vehicles.
Since Evo first got its hands on a Pagani Huayra for testing, about a year after the hypercar debuted, Horacio Pagani's pride and joy has made a few video appearances – once in the hands of Chris Harris and once with a man who compared his new Huayra with an older Zonda on track. But access to the 900,000-euro ($1.22 million) hypercar has been limited, making XCar's recent drive a real treat.
It's not often that you'll find a Pagani Zonda and a Pagani Huayra in the same place, at the same time - much less on a racetrack. Pagani makes incredibly rare supercars. But Peter Read owns both a 2005 Zonda Roadster and a new Huayra, so he decided to bring them to Goodwood Circuit for a little comparison test. While the wet weather didn't allow too much wide open throttle, it's still an interesting comparison of two very different beasts.
This is the Devel Sixteen, and it might be the king of lofty statistics. Its Dubai-based backers are claiming it'll use a 5,000-horsepower V16 and will reach a top speed of 348 miles per hour. The sprint to 62 mph will take just 1.8 seconds. Sounds great, right? So, what's the problem?
Anyone who has ever bought a new car knows that the base price is just that: the base price. Start checking off boxes on the options list and the price will quickly skyrocket. And if that's true of ordinary cars that people like us would buy, it's that much more so with six- and seven-figure exotics.
To promote Grid 2, Codemasters is releasing a set of three videos that feature Chris Harris. The second one has just been thrown all over the Internet, but it won't make much sense unless you watch the first video, which was released in January. In that video, Harris attempts to beat McLaren test driver Mat Jackson in a two-lap race of the UK's Brands Hatch circuit driving the MP4-12C. Midway through, Harris pauses the race to get tips from a Codemaster employee who tells him, essentially, "Stop
When our own Matt Davis drove the gob-smacking Pagani Huayra in the fall of last year, he mentioned that the supercar would finally be available to upper-crust American customers sometime this summer. True to its word, Pagani has arrived at The Quail this year with a car wrought in bare carbon fiber; a Huayra that is not destined for any one customer, but that will serve as a demonstrator with which to lure those upper-crust dollars. With a probable price tag of $1.2 million, it'll take a health
McCall's Motorworks Revival has officially kicked off the festivities in Monterey, California. This year, attendees were treated to a buffet of lust-worthy metal both new and old, including one very special treat. CSX2000, the very first Shebly Cobra assembled by Carroll Shelby himself, drove in under its own power and a distinguished cloud of oil smoke. Long live the snake. Two historically-significant Ford GT40 models showed up on the tarmac as well, including the very first MKI road car ever
Chris Harris took himself to Modena for an afternoon test drive in the Pagani Huayra. To watch him panting after a spell up some twisty roads, you'd have thought he'd gone for some afternoon delight. It's the most breathless we've ever seen Mr. Harris, and for all the right reasons – perhaps it shouldn't be surprising when he's intentionally getting loosey-goosey in a coupe with an AMG-sourced twin-turbo V12 trying to put down 730 horsepower and 735 pound-feet of torque on some roads as th