The opening episode of the new series of Top Gear saw the new Pagani Huayra set a stunning Top Gear Track Lap record of 1:13.8. But was it fixed?
No one takes Top Gear entirely seriously when it comes to car testing; after all, Top Gear is an entertainment show based on cars, not a car show that’s a bit entertaining.
But when it comes to the Stig taking cars round the Top Gear test track to see which car can set the fastest time, we all take that seriously as it’s a proper competition between cars that you can buy in a showroom (well, depending on how deep your pockets are), driven by the same driver on the same track. As even a playing field as you can get. Or is it?
Many are questioning how the (admittedly impressive) Pagani Huayra managed to blitz the Top Gear track in a time the eclipsed that of the Ariel Atom V8, McLaren 12C and Lamborghini Aventador. After all, on paper at least, it’s not really any better than the Aventador or the 12C (even if it does cost 4-5 times as much) and the Atom V8 should just be quicker.
We’d heard rumblings from a couple of people who were at the Pagani Huayra Top Gear test that all was not as it seemed, and now it is now starting to appear that Pagani may have been cheating by fitting racing slicks to the Huayra with hand-cut grooves to fool the casual onlooker (it seems to have fooled TG), and give the Huayra the sort of advantage that would explain how it managed to be so quick. And give Pagani huge Kudos (and enormously valuable advertising) in the process.
The eagle-eyed petrolheads on TeamSpeed have been debating this interesting bit of potential skullduggery and have concluded that the tyres on the Huayra were NOT road legal (and therefore the Huyra shouldn’t be allowed on the Top Gear board) and, perhaps more importantly, they question what other mods were made to the Huayra before the Top Gear run to make it perform so well. And they pointed out, quite fairly, that the Huayra looked a lot less than stable when Fifth Gear’s Jason Plato went playng with the Huayra too.
Perhaps Top Gear need to grab a stock Huayra from the showroom (or an owner) and run it round the Dunsfold track on stock tyres and see exactly what the lap time is?
We’re betting it won’t be much quicker than the Zonda was.