As a girl who likes her cars, I can’t even begin to tell you how devastated I was to hear that Pagani were planning on calling a day on production of what I would have to consider one of the hottest cars of all time, the Pagani Zonda. The first thing I would do when putting a racing game in my console is check out the full list of cars and work out exactly how many races I would have to complete to unlock my beloved car and then patiently work my way through the game until I was wrecking my way round the track to the roar of the V12 7.3 litre engine.
For me, this is the closest I am ever going to get to the $750,000 supercar, well unless someone buys me a winning lottery ticket or I find out I’m related to a multi-millionaire who wants to spoil me, so when I heard the news today from EA that the Pagani Huayra would be exclusive to Shift 2 Unleashed I could hardly contain my excitement. Due for release on the 29th March in the United States and 1st April in Europe, the new game will allow players to “…customise and race a wide variety of the world’s best known, high-performance vehicles through iconic and challenging tracks on their quest to become the FIA GT1 World Champion,” EA product manager Alice Brandvik told MCV. “Shift 2 Unleashed is very much aimed at simulation racing fans while still representing the core Need for Speed values.”
The latest news from EA gave further details of the Huayra that already has me waiting with baited breath on the release of the game, just to get my hands on the newest Pagani masterpiece, albeit through a controller.
“Named after the Andean God of the Wind, the Pagani Huayra has Zonda-sized shoes to fill, but its 6-liter, twin-turbo V12 sourced from AMG answers that call with a mighty wallop, and in 2011, the only place you’ll be able to drive one is in SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED.
That V12 pumps out more than 700 horsepower and burns from 0-60 in a mere 3.5 seconds, and its carbon-titanium monocoque chassis, which makes heavy use of composite materials to reduce weight, will make you feel like you’re hanging out with Huayra-tata himself when you stomp the accelerator.
Huayra is unique from many modern supercars because it eschews the popular dual-clutch gearbox setup, opting for the lighter seven-speed sequential manual stick mated to a dual-disc clutch, which Pagani says saves the car more than 150 pounds.
Huayra uses elements not seen in its predecessor, including active aerodynamics, which allow it to automatically change the height of its front end from the ground, as well as independently using four flaps placed at the front and rear of the car. The side air intakes behind the front wheels also generate enough negative pressure to give the car significant downforce.” (NFSDrew)
If you’re like me, and drive supercars vicariously through the medium of gaming, I’m sure you’ll understand my excitement at this news although I know that not everyone is a lover of all things Pagani. My boyfriend, being more of a Porsche fan, does not share in my enthusiasm. So tell me, when it comes to racing games, which cars get your heart rate going?