Pagani Automobili S.p.A. is an Ítalian manufacturer of sports cars and carbon fiber components. The company was founded in 1992 by Horacio Pagani and is based in San Cesario sul Panaro, near Modena, Italy. Horacio Pagani, who previously managed Lamborghini’s composites division, founded Pagani Composite Research in 1988. This new company worked with Lamborghini on a number of projects, including the 25th Anniversary Countach re-listing, the Lamborghini LM002, Lamborghini P140 design concept , and the Diablo. In the late 1980s, Pagani began designing his own car, later referred to as the “C8 Project”. Pagani was planning to rename the C8 in “Fangio F1” to honor his friend, five-time Argentine Formula One champion Juan Manuel Fangio.
In 1991, Pagani founded Modena Design to meet the growing demand for its design, engineering and prototyping services. In 1992, the Fangio F1 prototype began to be built, and by 1993, the car was being tested in the Dallara wind tunnel with positive results. In 1994, Mercedes-Benz agreed to supply V12 engines to Pagani. The cost of these cars is a total of 2.3 million dollars.
The last Pagani car was named a Zonda C12, the first of the Zonda line (the name Fangio F1 was dropped out of respect for Fangio, who died in 1995). It was first presented at the Geneva Motor Show 1999. In 2005, Pagani announced that it planned to triple its production output within the next three years, and enter the US market in 2007. On 30 June 2010, Pagani claimed a record new for production-based cars using the Pagani Zonda R and complete. the Nürburgring in 6:47, beating the Ferrari 599XX.
Pagani’s first model, the Zonda, is powered by a mid-mounted DOHC V12 engine manufactured by Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division. The car’s design was inspired by Sauber-Mercedes Silver Arrow Group’s jet fighters and cars, and features several unique design elements, including its four-pipe round exhaust system. The Zonda production run ended with the Zonda HP Barchetta. Only three were produced with one unit reserved for Horacio Pagani’s personal collection and the other two costing US $ 15M.
Pagani announced a variant of the Zonda called “Zonda Cinque” introduced as the 2009 model. The Cinque is based solely on the Zonda R track, but includes a Mercedes-Benz M297 V12 678 hp engine (687 PS; 506 kW), has functional aerodynamics, and includes exterior components of the newly developed material “carbon-titanium fiber”, which is stronger and lighter than a typical carbon fiber. Only five were produced, all of which have already been talked about.
At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Pagani announced the unique Zonda Tricolore, built to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Frecce Tricolori, the Italian Air Force’s aerobatic squadron. Originally intended to limit it to a single car, eventually three were produced. The Tricolore is based on the highest specification Zonda Cinque, built on a titanium carbon chassis with sequential transmission and titanium exhaust. The mid-engined 7.3L M297 Mercedes AMG V12 produces 670 hp (679 PS; 500 kW), which helps the car achieve top speeds of 217 mph (349 km / hr) and 0-60 mph (97 km / hr) acceleration time of 3.2 seconds.