Pagani Automobili S.p.A. is an Italian manufacturer of supercars 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.LINK
Horacio Pagani, who formerly managed Lamborghini's composites, 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 P140 design concept, and the Diablo. In the late 1980s, Pagani 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. 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 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 26 July 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.
Pagani's first model, the Zonda, is propelled by mid-mounted V-12 DOHC engines manufactured by Mercedes-Benz's AMG division. The car's design was inspired by jet fighters and the famous Sauber-Mercedes Silver Arrow Group C cars, and features several unique design elements, including its circular four pipe exhaust.
ZondaThe Zonda production run will end with 15 track-only Zonda R models of which 5 will be Revolucion models.
- Zonda F
- Pagani Zonda Roadster F
- Zonda F Clubsport
Pagani announced a car named "Zonda Cinque" which was introduced as a 2009 model. The Cinque is based on the track-only Zonda R, but will feature a new 678 horsepower Mercedes-Benz V12, active aerodynamics, and a newly developed "carbon-titanium fibre," which is stronger and lighter than typical carbon fibre. Only 5 were produced, all of which were already spoken for.
Pagani announced in July 2009 that they will also be producing a Zonda Cinque Roadster, of which only 5 will be produced. The Roadster uses the same Mercedes-Benz V12 engine as the coupe version, but has been made lighter and stronger to keep the car structurally rigid. Both the coupe and the roadster will do 0-100kmh in 3.4 seconds, 0-200kmh in 9.6 seconds and a top speed of 349kmh (217 mph). The carbo-ceramic brakes provided by Brembo will get the Cinque from 100-0kmh in 2.1 seconds and 200-0kmh in 4.3 seconds. The maximum side acceleration is 1.45g with road tyres and at 300kmh the car produces 750 kg of downforce, the most of any other road-going Zonda.
At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Pagani announced the exclusive Zonda Tricolore, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Frecce Tricolori, the Italian Air Force's aerobatic squadron. Originally intended to be limited to a single car, eventually 3 were produced. The Tricolore is based on a top specification Zonda Cinque, built on a carbon titanium chassis with sequential transmission and titanium exhausts. The 7.3 litre Mercedes AMG V12 in the back pumps out 670 hp (500 kW), which translates to 217 mph (349 km/h) all out and 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds.
- 2009 Zonda PS (originally white with golden contrast) – commissioned by Peter Saywell
- 2009 Zonda GJ (carbon fiber black)
- 2010 Zonda Uno (light blue)
- 2011 Zonda HH (sky blue) - commissioned by programmer David Heinemeier Hansson
- 2011 Zonda 750 (pink)
- 2011 Zonda Rak (yellow)
- 2011 Zonda Absolute (carbon fiber black)
- 2011 Zonda 760RS (carbon fiber black)
- 2012 Zonda 760LH (Purple) – commissioned by F1 driver Lewis Hamilton
- 2012 Zonda 764 Passione (Grey/Purple)
- 2013 Zonda Revolucion
- 2014 Zonda Revolucion 5 of 5
- 2015 Zonda 760 X