For any Top Gear fans out there, you’ll know all too well just how much Richard Hammond loved the Pagani Zonda. It was without doubt his favourite supercar and we can’t really blame him as it’s unquestionably one of the most eye-catching and awe-inspiring supercars ever built.

However, with the Zonda now out of production (except for a few one-offs being produced here and there), it’s successor the Huayra, has a lot to live up to and according to Richard Hammond, it’s good enough to be crowned his ‘Car of the Year’ for 2012.

Richard Hammond’s full report on why he selected the Huayra can be seen in the latest edition of Top Gear Magazine, but the following statement largely sums up Hammond’s view on the car;

My Car of the Year is not going to revolutionise personal transport, reinvent motorsport or solve the looming energy crisis. It is a machine so unlikely ever to be a real, material presence in most of our lives that it may as well be a unicorn. And there it is: the Pagani Huayra. Perhaps unicorn is the best way to describe it…

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