Shooting Brakes, what on Earth is a Shooting Brake? Well according to Google the term Shooting Brake can be defined as an “estate car” but this wasn’t always the case. The term “Shooting Brake” was originally thought of in the 1890’s and it was used to describe a horse-drawn wagon that was used to transport shooting parties with all of their equipment.
However, this all changed in the early 1900’s when the very first automotive Shooting Brake was manufactured in England and the Shooting Brake style went on to became rather popular in England during the 1920s and 1930s, with most Shooting Brakes being produced by auto manufacturers or as conversions by various coachbuilders.
Although being a rather popular vehicle style in the 1920’s and 1930’s, the Shooting Brake did eventually die out. However, in the 1960’s and 1970’s the Shooting Brake made a return when numerous European high end, exotic auto manufacturers began producing two-door Shooting Brake versions of the sports cars they offered, these included the Sunbeam Alpine Shooting Brake, Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake and the Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake just to mention a few.
The term Shooting Brake has had several meanings since the 1890’s and today it can be used to describe any type of Estate car that features aggressive or Coupe type styling or where the roof line slopes down towards the taillights of that vehicle. As any real petrolhead will no doubt know, the Shooting Brake is alive and well today and although most modern day Shooting Brakes are the work of coachbuiders, some of the worlds auto manufacturers have produced a Shooting Brake sometime over the last fifteen years, like the Dodge Magnum, Mini Clubman, Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake and more recently the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo just to mention a few.
Although the Shooting Brake was made popular by Aston Martin, it was Italian auto manufacturer Ferrari who gave us the first bonafide Shooting Brake supercar with the Ferrari FF back in 2011 and Ferrari have decided to keep the FF’s Shooting Brake styling which now features on the newer Ferrari GTC4 Lusso. Besides Ferrari there is only one other exotic auto manufacturer that I can think of that offers a Shooting Brake supercar and that is British auto manufacturer Aston Martin with the incredible Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake. However, recently I was made aware of yet another exotic, high performance Shooting Brake but this particular Shooting Brake is not like any other Shooting Brake I have seen before.
This is it, what you are looking at ladies and gentlemen is a Pagani Huayra Shooting Break and it is the work of YasidDesign. Before I go on, one has to ask how the world of high performance, hypercars ended up colliding with the world of Shooting Brakes? As you can no doubt see from the images featured in this article, Yasid Design have added a regular roof to the Pagani Huayra, which results in Pagani Huayra Shooting Brake which adds a combination of Estate car and Coupe styling to this high end automobile. Besides the addition of a regular roof, Yasid Design has also given this rather unique Pagani a few exterior upgrades which sees the rear wing being removed, a wide body kit being added and the gigantic rear diffuser from a Pagani Huayra BC.
Despite it’s Shooting Brake styling, I highly doubt that this unique Pagani Huayra is anymore practical than a factory standard version. After all, a giant 6.0 litre, twin-turbocharged Mercedes-AMG V12 engine is housed at the rear of the vehicle. Nonetheless, the Shooting Brake styling does give the PaganiHuayra a totally different look that most of us would have never dreamed of, however it is not something I would personally request if I was the owner of a Pagani Huayra and I am pretty sure I am not alone on this.
If you happen to like the idea of a Pagani Huayra Shooting Brake, well it will remain just an idea, for now anyway because the images featured in this article are official renderings not actual live pictures of a Pagani Huayra Shooting Brake. I know some petrolheads out there will like to see a Pagani HuayraShooting Brake actually get built, but I honestly don’t think any Pagani Huayra owners out there are crazy enough to sacrifice their cars in order to create such an odd looking automobile and who can fault them? Great work by Yasid Design but it is a massive no for me.
Image Credit: yasiddesign via Instagram
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