Saturday, 10 March 2012

Video Saturday - Art Meets Science

*Unfortunately, this video is "unlisted", meaning only those with the link can see it. As such, I can't embed it on here because the tool to do that uses a search engine that can't see it...

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Uploaded: 9/3/12
Running Time: 14:37
Views When Posted: 2,382

The Pagani Huayra was featured on here (and many other sites) just over a year ago. Now that it's available for people with a million euros to buy, Pagani have made this documentary showing the care and attention that goes into each car, as well as explaining the aerodynamics and - crucially - teaching you how to, finally, pronounce 'Huayra' properly. I've been telling people that it's like "Juan" with a 'yra' on the end (so Hhwai-rah), but it turns out that the 'H' is silent, so you just say "Why-rah". The 15-minute mini-doc also deatures some tasty thunder from that 6.0 V12TT provided by Mercedes-Benz's AMG division. It shares the block of the engine with the S-Class S63 AMG, but it's so extensively modified from the S63's engine that it has its own part number within AMG (M158). The low-pitched golden beast produces 730PS (720bhp) and 737lb/ft (1000NM) of torque, which is enough to propel the 1350kg car from 0-60mph in 3.3 seconds and on to what just so happens to be a top speed of 230mph (370km/h). It may cost a lot more than a Lamborghini Aventador, but as you'll see in the video, it's worth it.

Below are images of the Huayra at the Geneva Motor Show, a report of which is on its way. One's a normal one in a fetching pearlescent white with black details, while the other is a special edition finished in clearcoat called the Carbon Edition. While you may think they simply haven't painted it, the body is normally the same CarboTanium composite as the chassis, whereas this is in lighter-but-more-brittle pure carbon fibre. I think I prefer it painted, myself.

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