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.


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)


Before The Mustang

3 06 2012

The Mustang is one of the great motoring icons. Since 1965 it has been the rebel and a car specially designed for individuality and appealed to the young people. Without it the car industry in America in particular would be boring. There would be no Camaro, no Charger and possibly No Muscle Cars at all. However all legends must start somewhere and the Mustang’s began with a completely different car built in the late 50’s.

When there was a call for personalization, many cars began to appear to appeal to this market. The idea of individuality appealed to younger drivers in particular who wanted independence from their parents and what they drove. A stylish car was needed to appeal to them, so that’s what Ford did. In the late 50’s Ford released the Edsel which was a massive failure. TIME (2008) states “the car was kind of homely, fuel thirsty and too expensive, particularly at the outset of the late ’50s recession. But what else? It was the first victim of Madison Avenue hyper-hype. Ford’s marketing mavens had led the public to expect some plutonium-powered, pancake-making wondercar” It was released just as consumer preferences changed. The Edsel was aimed at the personalization market but at the wrong time. When the idea was conceived that would have been the time to release it, but when it came out it was too late.

Due to the late release of the car, Ford lost millions of dollars in production and manufacturing costs. The car itself came out at the same time as the Impala which has a similar design to it. They both long extended back ends and have a stylish appearance designed to appeal to young people of the decade, but the decade was ending and so if The Edsel was released earlier it may have had more success, but bizarrely the Impala was a success. Well if we had a further look at the Edsel, the grill is a bit off-putting and does make the car a bit ugly while the Impala’s front end looks more like an ordinary car.

It is clear to see that the Edsel was an unlucky car, but from this failure came success in the form of The Mustang. It is important to remember the Edsel when you think of the Mustang because if the Edsel was a success the Mustang may not have happened. The Mustang also helped to get back at Chevrolet for the Impala, because the Mustang was far more successful than the Camaro. So while there was a failure, from this failure came success and while this success has become an automotive legend it is important to remember that legends don’t just appear, they have to start somewhere, even if it is a bit odd.


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