Performance Cars Pagani Huayra and Lotus Exige S jointly named evo’s Car of the Year 2012


London, 7th November 2012: evo magazine, the world’s leading specialist car title, can today announce the results of its Car of the Year 2012 award, as part of its Car of the Year issue that hits the shelves on Wednesday 7th November.


The award sees 174 performance cars tried and tested throughout the year by the expert evo team, whittled down to the top ten that have entertained, impressed and intrigued the most. The aim of the award is to simply identify the car with the most rewarding driving experience. This year, for the first time in the 14-year history of the evo Car of The Year (eCoTY), the 2012 awards has seen a joint win, with the Pagani Huayra and the Lotus Exige S sharing the top place on the podium.


Nick Trott, evo’s Editor, said: “When the votes were in, the cars were neck and neck on points. The Huayra was simply mesmerising. It’s thrilling on the road and so capable – and it’s just the maddest thing to look at.


The Lotus Exige S, meanwhile, proved itself to be a glorious car. It’s a credit to Lotus that it can build a £50,000 car that’s as thrilling to drive as the £820,000 Pagani – and it’s a credit to Pagani that it can build a car that’s as brilliant to drive as a Lotus.”


In another first, a cover-mounted DVD accompanies this year’s evo Car of the Year issue. ‘eCoTY the Movie’ allows the reader to see and hear all the cars being driven to the limit. Also included in the action is a series of spectacular two-car track battles with evo contributing editor Richard Meaden and Fifth Gear presenter Tiff Needell at the wheel.


Other awards in evo’s annual Review of the Year see Ferrari collect the Engine of the Year prize for its F12’s 730bhp 6.3-litre V12. You can see the full awards below:


  • Driver of the Year: Sébastien Loeb [Citroen World Rally Championship driver]
  • Man of the Year: Alex Zanardi
  • Emerging Talent of the Year: Jann Mardenborough [winner of the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy in 2011, now competing in the British GT Championship]
  • Innovation of the Year: DeltaWing
  • Engine of the Year: Ferrari F12 V12
  • Concept of the Year: Infiniti Emerg-e
  • Turkey of the Year: Infiniti FX Vettel Edition  
  • Tuned Car of the Year: Mountune MR375 Clubsport Focus RS 
PR & Communications Director
Jerina Hardy
020 7907 6607
Dennis Publishing
30 Cleveland Street

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