The $ one.2-million, rear-wheel-drive Pagani Huayra is fitted with a twin-turbocharged V12, rated at 720 horsepower, which is capable of launching its 3,25-pound curb bodyweight to 60 miles per hour in about 3 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 till it touches 230 mph. It is, by all measures, a handful for all but the most skilled drivers.
Davide Testi, Pagani’;s chief test driver, is a card-carrying member of that elite fraternity who probably has much more miles behind its flat-bottom steering wheel than any other human. During a recent automobile occasion in Italy, attended by dozens of camera-touting fans, Testi chose to demonstrate off the Huayra’;s amazing capabilities with a rapid spin around the parking good deal – with his young son sitting on his lap. The video exhibits Testi demonstrating a launch-management start, many total-throttle bursts and breaking the 335/30ZR20 rear tires free of charge with a electrical power slide as he circles a planter.
The crowd looks to get pleasure from the impromptu display, as expected, but we query the driver’;s judgement – not his skill. Testi certainly is aware of the vehicle’;s limits, but the parking whole lot with its uneven surfaces, painted crosswalks and steel drainage grates is not a test track. And, putting a little youngster in between the driver and controls (with an airbag as portion of the sandwich) is a variable we would not be comfy with. An unscripted exhibition of velocity at a public venue can speedily go wrong even at the hands of an knowledgeable driver. We require to look no additional than Roger Rodas and Paul Walker, as a sobering reminder.