Pagani Automobili S.p.A. (commonly referred to as Pagani) is an Italian manufacturer of sports cars and carbon fibre components. The company was founded in 1992 by Horacio Pagani and is based in San Cesario sul Panaro, near Modena, Italy. Pagani Automobili S.p.A. is an Italian manufacturer of sports cars and carbon fibre. The company was founded in 1992 by the Argentinian Horacio Pagani, and is based in San Cesario sul Panaro, near Modena, Italy. Pagani has a childlike enthusiasm for his art that is impossible to ignore. His progression from a baker’s son in Argentina to a smart young engineer seeking his fortune in Italy.
San Cesario sul Panaro, MO, Italy
Horacio Pagani (born 10 November 1955) is the founder and CEO of Pagani Automobili S.P.A.,. The Zonda S 7.3 of 2002 used a new, larger naturally aspirated V12 engine displacing 7,291 cc (7.3 L 444.9 cu in) designed and manufactured by Mercedes-Benz AMG producing 555 PS (547 hp 408 kW) at 5900 rpm and 750 N⋅m (553 lb⋅ft) at 4050 rpm of torque. The awesome Italian exotic car creator behind the likes of the Zonda and Huayra. Horacio Pagani, who formerly managed Lamborghini’s composites department, founded Pagani Composite Research in 1988. This new company worked with Lamborghini on numerous projects, including the restyling of the 25th Anniversary Countach, the Lamborghini LM002, the Lamborghini P140 design concept, and the Diablo.
In the late 1980s, Pagani Automobili began designing his own car, then referred to as the “C8 Project”. Pagani planned to rename the C8 the “Fangio F1” to honour his friend, the five-time Argentinian Formula One champion Juan Manuel Fangio. In 1991, Pagani established Modena Design to meet the increasing demand for his design, engineering, and prototyping services. Also, in 1992, he began construction of a Fangio F1 prototype, and by 1993, the car was being tested at the Dallara wind tunnel with positive results.
In 1994, Mercedes-Benz agreed to supply Pagani with V12 engines. The cost of these cars are at a total of 2.3 million dollars. The final car was named the Zonda C12, the first of the Zonda line (the Fangio F1 name was dropped out of respect for Fangio, who died in 1995). It was first presented at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show. In 2005, Pagani announced that it planned to triple its production output within the next three years, and to enter the US market in 2007. On 30 June 2010, Pagani claimed a new record for production-based cars using the Pagani Zonda R and completing the Nürburgring in 6:47, beating the Ferrari 599XX.
One year after the exciting debut of the Zonda C12, Pagani Automobili was able to present the Zonda S, which brought out a massive seven-liter engine. The car, in addition to the enhanced thruster, presented a wide range of technical improvements. Inspired by the good fortune that invested the Zonda C12, Pagani spent the next two years trying to consolidate the project and starting, in the meantime, a feverish work of promotion of the atelier.
The Zonda S uses a 7.0 L (427 cu in) AMG–tuned version of the engine producing 550 PS (400 kW; 540 hp). It can accelerate to62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.7 secs, to 100 mph (160 km/h) in 7.5 secs and complete the quarter mile in 11.3 secs. Lateral acceleration on the skidpad is 1.18 g (11.6 m/s²), it can reach a top speed of 208 mph (335 km/h), and carries a price tag of US$500,000. The Zonda S features an elongated nose, flaps at the rear for improved aerodynamics, and new light clusters and exhausts. Only fifteen 7.0 L Zonda S cars were produced.
The Zonda Roadster F debuted at the 2006 Geneva auto show. It was similar to the coupe, but with a removable carbon fibre roof and canvas side curtains, weighing just 5 kilograms (11 lb) more than the coupe, and output increased to 650 PS (480 kW; 640 hp) and 780 N⋅m (575 lb⋅ft). Production of the Roadster F was limited to 25 units. The Roadster F maintained chassis rigidity without any gain in curb weight, eschewing conventional thinking by not strengthening the sills, a process which would have needed more than 35 kilograms (77 lb) of reinforcement. The Zonda Roadster F Clubsport is a light weight version of the Zonda Roadster F. It has an extensive
use of the new carbo-titanium material developed Pagani as well as having an upgraded engine. It was tested by Top Gear’s The Stig and James May and achieved a lap time around their test track of 1:17.8, beating the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 tested during the same episode, but lost in a quarter mile drag race against the Veyron by nearly 2.5 seconds.
The series of road-going Zondas wouldn’t be complete without a Roadster version of the Zonda Cinque. As the name suggests. The Roadster as well was meant for a limited production of five exclusive pieces only, plus the prototype. Apart from the removable roof, the car had the same features of the Zonda Cinque. In the same year, on the occasion of the Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Frecce Tricolori, Horacio Pagani decides to pay homage to the aerobatic team with a tribute. At the Geneva Motor Show, the Zonda Cinque Roadster is flanked by another fireball which evokes the lines of the MB-339: the Zonda Tricolore.
The Pagani Huayra, a successor to the Pagani Zonda, initially revealed online in a press release on January 25, 2011. However, it was officially revealed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The car is named Huayra after the Incan god of wind, Huayra-tata. The engine is a 6.0-litre twin-turbo M158 V12 engine from Mercedes-AMG producing 720 hp (730 PS; 537 kW) and 1,000 N⋅m (740 lb⋅ft) of torque. The Huayra’s body is made from carbotanium; a composition of carbon fibre and titanium, thus it is reasonably lightweight. The Huayra has been redesigned from the ground up, but shares many visual qualities with its predecessor. So, the car can accelerate from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 235 mph (378 km/h).
Also, after 2 years of development, the Huayra Roadster officially unveiled in the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The design of the car has undergone several changes, with the most noticeable being the rear, with new eyelid-like fixed flaps that continue with the design and eventually end on the rear lights along with the inclusion of vents on the rear engine cover for efficient cooling of the engine.
The wheels which new and specifically constructed for the car along with Pirelli P-Zero tires. And the addition of a spoiler at the front. The car also uses conventional doors instead of the Gull-wing doors used in the coupé as such doors cannot be fitted to an open top car. The car utilises the same twin-turbo V12 engine as the coupe but the power is now uprated and is 764 PS (562 kW; 754 hp) at 6,200 rpm and 1,000 N⋅m (740 lb⋅ft) of torque at 2,400 rpm.
Relationship with Daimler
While it is an independent company, Pagani has a working relationship with Daimler AG, most notably with its Mercedes-AMG subsidiary. This is partly due to the fact that Fangio had suggested that Pagani approach Mercedes. The Zonda used increasingly advanced versions of the Mercedes-Benz M120 V12 engine; the initial version displaced 6.0L, but later Zondas used the 7.3L M297 V12 engine. Later reverting to a race-tuned version of the original 6.0L version for the track exclusive Zonda R and its two other variants.
Moreover, Pagani also worked with Daimler in the development of the Chrysler supercar. The 2004 ME 412, when Chrysler was under the Daimler-Chrysler umbrella. Finally, the Mercedes-Benz M158 engine for the Pagani Huayra a bespoke engine produced just for Pagani. Mercedes-Benz revised its M275 engine in order to reduce turbo lag and improve response. This resulted in new exhaust headers, new pistons, a new intake manifold, as well as new turbochargers.