Why I Have Been Ignoring And Simultaneously Almost Refusing To Notice The Pagani Huayra

5 02 2013

Pagani Huayra

It is no big secret that I like cars, I like all sorts of cars but my Favorite genre/type of cars are Super Cars. While I do like Big Four by Fours as well as classic cars and even some family type cars, I do prefer supercars to most other types. If I was to give you a list of my top 5/top 10 Favourite cars it would be highly likely that most of the list will be filled with Supercars.

Lamborghini Gallardo

But more recently I have been ignoring one car in particular. A car that if you were to look at it you would think I would like it, but to me it has been causing some irritating headaches.

Pagani Huayra

This is the car in question, the Pagani Huayra (Don’t ask me how to pronounce to it). I have known about the existence of this car for a few years. When it was first announced I looked around for some pictures of it with no luck. Every so often I would try and look it up. But most of the time I did not want to think about it. It was not until a recent episode of Top Gear that I gave it a proper look. And I liked what I saw; it has a Good shape and gives out a lot of Power and noise, all key components of a Supercar. It also had lots of nice extras including the interesting Gear Stick. However, even after the impressive demonstration and Lap Time to me, it is still a bit irritating. Why? Well, this is why?

Pagani Zonda Tricolore

This is the Pagani Zonda. Produced by the same company that builds the Huayra, launched in 2000, the Zonda has had various different versions over the years including the C12R, S, Cinque, Tricolore and F. The Zonda (Zonda F to be exact) is also my Favourite Car. The first time I saw it was on an episode of Top Gear (The Milau Bridge Episode, one of the Best Episodes), but it was not until the F made an appearance that it became my Favourite Car, and has been that way since. It’s body shape, it’s style, it’s noise and it’s speed alone make it a Fantastic Car, but to me the thing that makes it the best is that it is the true definition of a Supercar. It’s futuristic as well as mad, its name too, ZONDA, what a Fantastic name for a car. Supercars are dream cars for many and the Zonda represents this spectacularly as being a car that once existed in the minds of motoring fans, almost an impossibility before arriving on the scene and not just being a one-off car, it became a Legend of Motoring.

Pagani Zonda F

So why would I be ignoring a car that is being promoted as the Successor to the Zonda. Well that’s it; I don’t want the Zonda to disappear. The Zonda is an incredible car and as far as I can see it cannot be replaced and should not be replaced. Sure, the company needs to progress and build new cars to continue, but why not make the Zonda alongside the Huayra. While the Zonda and the Huayra share similar looks and in that sense you could say that they are basically the same car, I still prefer the Zonda to the Huayra The time leading up to the end of the Zonda was sad for me. While it did went out on a bang with the R and Tricolore, it was still the end of my Favourite car.

Zonda Cinque

It may be the end of the Zonda as the main car produced by Pagani but I do not think of this as the real end of the Zonda. I am sure Pagani have their plans for the car that made them what they are, but for now the Huayra is their main project. So perhaps that is what is meant as the successor to the Zonda, it is the new Project as the Zonda is now complete.

Zonda

GENEPOOL (My more regular readers may remember that I have done some car related posts in the past along with a look at the Ford Edsel and the Dodge Charger)





Raging Bull

4 01 2012

On Tuesday I Accepted a challenge from my Friend Matt. The Challenge is to be the first blog to write 12 Posts in 2012 and beat the other contenders. Now I thought I would start off this challenge with a Charge, A Charge to Victory. Now you may not have noticed the pun there. Well my first post is about an Icon in the History of Automobile’s. A TV Star, One of the First Muscle Cars and Compared to all the other vehicles on the Market it was a Raging Bull. The Dodge Charger.

Dodge Charger 1969

GM and Ford were battling for muscle car supremacy with Ford having a clear lead in front. Then Chrysler decided to get involved and just like both the Mustang and the Camaro, Chrysler made another Iconic Muscle car. Chrysler used one of their subsidiary companies called Dodge and in 1966 they released the Dodge Charger. The term muscle car looks like it was created for the Charger. The Charger was big and it looked mean and nasty. The Mustang and Camaro were sleek horses whereas the Charger was a raging bull.  According to MuscleCarClub.com “the Charger was launched in 1966 and quickly became a sales hit with its dramatic fuselage styling of 1968. From the beginning, it packed serious muscle, from the 318 V8 to the all mighty 426 Hemi. Finally, the MOPAR street crowd had some serious midsize muscle to bring to the party”.

The Charger also became a TV Star. In between 1979-1985 an American TV show called The Dukes of Hazzard (Opening Credits) was about Bo and Luke Duke who are a couple of Moonshine Runners who live with their cousin Daisy and their wise old uncle Jesse. One of the other stars of the show was General Lee – a Dodge Charger with a confederate flag on it. Due to the show’s success General Lee became a famous car and it also helped to turn the Charger into an Icon. One of the biggest changes in the past 30-40 years is the Dodge Charger. The Charger is no longer much of a Muscle car and is now more of a Sedan. However Dodge has a new Muscle car on the block, the Dodge Challenger. The Challenger does have the styling of the original Charger but it is much larger than the original Charger.

The Dodge Charger is one of the Great Icons in American Automobile Manufacturing and while it does not have the Rage in it anymore it has passed on this Ferocity to the Next Generation. The Dodge Challenger is this New Generation and it honours its ancestry by being the toughest, meanest car on the Market. The Raging Bull is here to stay.

GENEPOOL

Statistics:

First 12 for 12: 1 – 11 to go

Last Book I Read: The Bible

Last TV show I watched: Hairy Bikers (I listened to it because the TV was behind me)

Latest Piece of Music I have heard: IKEA by Mitch Benn

Last piece of Food I ate: Microwaveable Chocolate Pudding with After Eight Ice Cream

Main Colour of Clothing I am Wearing: Black

Web Pages that I have open: WordPress, AWhiteHorizon, HannahLikesSheepBaa, Mitch Benn IKEA Song (YouTube)

Am I Winning this Challenge: Not at the Moment








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