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Top Gear’s Paddy McGuinness Thrashes £3.2M Pagani Huayra On German Autobahn: “I Couldn’t Wait To Finish”

In the latest episode of Top Gear Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff, and Chris Harris, travel around the Germany in supercars as well as testing microcars in Paris. The show, which aired on Sunday evening on the BBC, showed the first time the hosts were able to travel in 18 months.

McGuinness chose the impressive Pagani Huayra Roadster BC to drive around Germany, which is a £3.2million carbotanium (a mixture of carbon fibre and titanium) hypercar with 790 horsepower, a 0-62mph time of just 3.2 seconds, and a maximum speed of 230 mph.

McGuinness introduced the car, saying:

“I’ve gone grande. This thing is an absolute joy. Unadulterated bliss.”

Whilst reflecting on the experience of driving one of the most expensive hypercars on the German Autobahn, McGuinness explained:

“It sounds amazing on paper and I was really looking forward to it, but when you’re actually there it’s terrifying.

“You’re going up a road which is essentially like the M60 where people are driving on their way home from the office, and there’s a lane that is de-restricted every couple of miles or so where you can drive as fast as your car will go.

“I was driving a Pagani Huayra which doesn’t have a roof and it feels like it’s doing 100mph even when you’re doing 30mph and there was one moment where I was doing about 167mph and I thought, this is just terrifying.

“I couldn’t wait to finish actually. It wasn’t what we thought it was going to be, but it will make good telly.”

In comparison, Flintoff opted for a Ferrari 296 GTB which is the “entry level supercar” for Ferrari. It has 818 horsepower, a 0 to 62 mph time of just under three seconds, and a maximum speed of 205 mph. It had a V6 hybrid engine and was worth £300,000.

Chris Harris chose a Porsche Cayman GT4 RS which he described as “the car they said would never happen.” Harris said about the Cayman GT4 RS:

“Supercar, hypercar, they’re just labels. What matters is how much fun you’re having and this car is a riot.

“This may be the baby of the bunch but it will still do 196mph which is ample for a clown like you [Freddie].”

Top Gear can be watched on the BBC iPlayer.

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