Mini Magazine - - Pagani Interview -

Like many of its cus­tomers, Pagani’s story has hum­ble roots. Born in Ar­gentina into a fam­ily de­scended from Ital­ian mi­grants, Ho­ra­cio Pagani be­came in­ter­ested in cars and en­gi­neer­ing from a young age. He would go on to study at univer­sity and com­plete var­i­ous au­to­mo­tive projects, de­sign­ing and build­ing car­a­vans and trail­ers, as well as fi­bre­glass hard tops for pick-ups and even his own sin­gle-seater rac­ing car. He moved to Italy in 1982, and joined Lam­borgh­ini thanks to a rec­om­men­da­tion let­ter from Juan Manuel Fan­gio. Here he was in­volved in the build of the LMA Jeep, and was part of the build team for the Coun­tach Evoluzione, the first car with a car­bon-fi­bre frame.

He tried to per­suade Lam­borgh­ini to buy an au­to­clave so it could ex­tend the pro­duc­tion of the car­bon-fi­bre parts, but it re­fused. In re­sponse Pagani bought his own, and hav­ing pro­gressed as far as he could with Lam­borgh­ini, left on good terms to set up his own con­sul­tancy called Mo­dena De­sign, making com­pos­ites for For­mula One cars.Pagani be­gan the Zonda project in 1992, and Pagani Au­to­mo­bili was born in 1999 when the first Zonda was pre­sented in Geneva. It quickly be­came a cult phe­nom­e­non, with ex­am­ples now chang­ing hands for far in ex­cess of the orig­i­nal sell­ing price. Such was the po­ten­tial of the Zonda’s de­sign it could evolve far be­yond what was first en­vis­aged, so there was need to rush its suc­ces­sor, the amaz­ing Huayra. Like the Zonda, it has a V12 Mercedes AMG mo­tor, but now with a whop­ping 730bhp in a car weigh­ing just 1350kg. The Huayra Coupé is priced at around 2 mil­lion Eu­ros.

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