Pagani Automobili S.p.A.
is an Italian
manufacturer of sports cars
and carbon fibre
. The company was founded in 1992 by Horacio Pagani
, and is based in San Cesario sul Panaro
, near Modena, Italy
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 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 five-time 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 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 the 26th of 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... Read More