The superb Batch L is upon us. Hot Wheels decided to throw speed our way with a couple of Mustangs, Michael Keaton's Batmobile, another Kool Kombi, and two supercars, the Acura NSX and Pagani Huayra.
We must start with the Pagani. There are several reasons why. This is the first Pagani in the Hot Wheels lineup. That is a good thing, and maybe this will compel them to do the Zonda at some point. Second, with the Huayra going mainstream, it will be a whole lot of fun to listen to people try and pronounce the name. Think about those TH-only collectors as they talk amongst themselves. "Yeah, I seen that-there Batch L got's some a dem-dere Camaros, Mustangs, and Pagani Who-aye-rah or whatever that thing is..."
Not that we expect everyone to be able to pronounce Huayra at first glance, but...
The Lamley Group and its friends pride themselves in being car guys first, and car guys will at least look up the pronunciation before trying to say it out loud. So if you need help, it is pronounced "wai-rah", which is named after Huayratata, the Incan god of the wind. But you knew that already.
And we love that. Horacio Pagani, the founder of the Pagani, loves to discuss the marriage of function and art in his car creations, and the Huayra happily confirms his obsession. Look at the cars performance and reviews, and you know it is a serious hypercar. Look at the car and you know it was painstakingly designed to look good standing still.
So it is with that is mind that we take a look at the mini version Hot Wheels has just released. Unfair to judge it that way? Probably. But to be honest, while maybe a little too boxy, and maybe sitting a little too high, the Hot Wheels version is quite nice.
The real car's best angle is from the rear at a 3/4 view, and the same goes for the Hot Wheels'. A straight-up side view doesn't do the design too much justice, as the true movement of the lines aren't really captured. Same with the Hot Wheels Pagani. You start really looking at it, and it becomes apparent that this is a very nicely done $1 model. It just needed to sit slightly lower.
The other thing missing, but not surprisingly so, is the fantastic pair of fender mirrors. There is no way Hot Wheels could add those without them becoming full metal blobs, so they get a pass. All in all, a very nice mini version of a gorgeous vehicle...
(Find the Pagani and the rest of 2013 Batch L at Wheel Collectors...)
Hot Wheels Pagani Huayra (2013 New Model):
(Just notice as we adjust the angles the car starts looking better and better...)
With another hypercar, the Aston Martin One-77: