Today is Horacio Pagani's Birthday!
64 years ago, on Novermber 10, 1955, one of the greatest personalities in the car world, Horacio Pagani, was born. He moved from Argentina to Italy at a young age and, after working with Lamborghini for a few years, founded Pagani Automobili and started building the Zonda, the world’s first hypercar. Over the years, Pagani’s cars have become very successful, thanks to their mix of extreme performance, exquisite and elegant styling and infinite attention to detail, which makes every Pagani different from the others.
To celebrate his birthday, i decided to share with you a few wallpapers of some of his most beautiful cars. Enjoy!
Warning: What you’re about to see might make No Nut November harder for you. If you fail No Nut November because of this post i won’t take any responsibility. You have been warned. Proceed at your own risk
The first car built by Pagani, the Zonda C12, was presented at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show.
It was dubbed the world’s first hypercar, meaning it a lot more special than a ‘mere’ Lamborghini or Ferrari.
It combined high quality craftmanship and luxury with the raw power of a 6.0-litre Mercedes-Benz V12 engine with 394 hp, capable of pushing the car form 0-100 km/h in 4 seconds and to a top speed of over 330 km/h.
Thanks to its revolutionary carbonfibre monocoque, it was both light and rigid, which helped it acheive its staggering performance figures.
In 2002 the new Zonda C12 S went for sale. It mounted a new AMG-tuned version of the C12’s M120 Mercedes V12, with a displacement increased to 7.0-litres, which bumped the power up to a whopping 550 hp. It was also 10 kg lighter. The front end and the rear wing were also redesigned.
An even more impressive verison, the Zonda S 7.3, was also launched in 2002, and featured a 7.3-litre version of the same Mercedes-AMG V12.
Performance improved considerably, resulting in a 0-100 km/h launch covered in just 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 335 km/h (208 mph).
Starting from 2003, the Zonda Roadster became available. It was only 30 kg heavier than the coupé, so performance loss was minimal.
In 2005 the Zonda evolved once again, with the launch of the new F version.
Presented at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show, it was named after F1 champion Juan Manuel Fangio, who had helped Horacio Pagani a lot in his early days.
Thanks to enhanced intake manifolds, exhaust and a revised ECU, the 7.3-litre AMG V12 now had a power output of 594 hp. As a result, the Zonda F was capable of launching from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and reached a top speed of 345 km/h.
Production of the Zonda F was limited to 25 cars. It came equipped with an extra headlight and different fog lights at the sides, new bodywork that improved the car’s aerodynamics, and different side mirrors. Further enhancements centered on optional carbon/ceramic brakes (measuring 380 mm) developed in conjunction with Brembo, OZ alloy wheels, Inconel exhaust system, hydroformed aluminium intake plenum, and a redesigned “Z preg” weave in the crash structure to improve rigidity and reduce weight.
At the 2006 Geneva Motor Show the Zonda F Roadster debuted. It was 5kg heavier and its power output was further increased to 641 bhp. 25 were made in total.
The Zonda Cinque debuted in 2009. It was a road-going version of the Zonda R, built in just 5 units (Cinque means Five in Italian) at the request of a Pagani dealer in Hong Kong. It was meant to be the final version of the Zonda, but we all know it didn’t exactly end like that.
The Cinque ditched the previous versions’ 6-speed manual gearbox in favour of a new 6-speed sequential one, which allowed the driver to shift gears in less than 100 ms. The gearbox had three driving modes, namely Comfort, Sport and Race, which optimised the gearbox for different driving conditions. The Cinque also had a revised form of carbon fibre called “carbo-titanium” which incorporated titanium in the weave to increase strength and rigidity. The suspension now used magnesium and titanium components. Revised bodywork, which included a longer front splitter, new sideskirts, rear diffuser, bumper canards, and a flatter underside as well as a roof-mounted air intake scoop, enabled the Cinque to generate 750 kg of down-force at 355 km/h and 1.45 G of cornering force.
Thanks to new new sequential gearbox and further improvements to the engine, which now made an incredible 669 hp, the Cinque launched from 0-100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and its top speed was 355 km/h (221 mph).
A Roadster version debuted the following year, and was also built in just 5 units.
The 2010 Zonda Tricolore was also based on the Cinque.
The replacement for the old Zonda, the Huayra, was presented in 2011, although Horacio Pagani had already started designing it way back in 2003, 8 years before its debut.
The Huayra is very different from the Zonda. First of all, it incorporates active aerodynamics, something that was not available on the Zonda. Also, the engine is now a 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 developed by Mercedes-AMG specifically for the Huayra, capable of developing a whopping 720 hp. The gearbox is a 7-speed sequential which, for weight purposes, uses a single clutch. Plus, while the Zonda had normal doors, the Huayra uses gullwing doors, just like the Mercedes-Benz 300SL.
If the Zonda’s performance figures were incredible, the Huayra’s are simply otherwordly. It has a top speed of about 383 km/h (238 mph) and it a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 2.8 seconds. Using Pirelli tires, the Pagani Huayra is capable of withstanding 1.66 g of lateral acceleration.
The Huayra went out of production in 2015, after 100 units were made in total.
At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Pagani unveiled the new Huayra BC, a more track-focused variant of the Huayra. BC stands for Benny Caiola, who was the first Pagani customer and a dear friend of Horacio Pagani.
The BC mounts a more powerful version of the standard Huayra’s 6.0-litre AMG twin-turbo V12, now pushing out 764 hp. Thanks to the use of a new material called ‘carbon triax’, which Pagani claims is 50% lighter and 20% stronger than regular carbon fibre, the BC is also 132 kg lighter than the normal Huayra, giving the BC a power-to-weight ratio of 1.62 kg/hp. The Huayra BC comes with a lighter titanium exhaust system, new aluminum alloy wheels, and a stripped out interior. The tires are Pirelli P-Zero Corsas that feature 12 different rubber compounds, and the suspension and wishbones are made of Avional.
Only 20 BCs have been sold.
The Huayra BC also has a new front bumper with a front splitter and winglets, deeper side skirts, and an air diffuser that stretches the entire width of the rear bumper with a large rear wing. All of the exterior components in the car are used to optimize downforce and drag.
A Roadster version was launched in 2019, with an even more impressive power output of 802 hp.
Only 40 BC Roadsters will be made.
The Huayra Roadster was launched at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, after 5 years of development. It replaced the standard Huayra as the ‘base model’, following the end of the former’s production in 2015.
The Roadster is equipped with the same 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 engine found in the coupé version, but in this variant it develops a total power of 764 hp. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a new 7-speed X-Track automatic transmission.
The Roadster weighs 70 kg less than the coupé, for a total of 1,280 kg. Only 100 units of the Huayra Roadster will be produced, and all of them have already been sold. In addition, the car, thanks to the Pirelli tires made specifically for this version, has a lateral acceleration of up to 1.8 g.
The over-all appearance of the car has changed. The design of the rear is also different, with new eyelid-like fixed flaps that continue with the design and eventually end on the rear lights. The rear engine cover also has a new shape to adapt to the roadster form and now has now has vents for efficient cooling. The wheels are unique and specifically made for the car. Unlike the coupé version, the Roadster has conventional doors, since gullwing ones are impossible to fit.
Recently, Pagani has rebuilt the 1st Zonda C12 ever made, to celebrate the Zonda’s 20th Anniversary.
Back in ‘99, the 1st C12 was wrecked in a crash test, but Pagani has completely restored it to pristine condition.
Below, you’ll find my own personal picture of the Zonda #1, which was shown at this year’s Parco del Valentino Motor Show:
“Happy Birthday, Horacio Pagani!
*You are a true inspiration for all of us, and you have created some of the most beautiful automobiles to have ever appeared in our world. You are the living proof that all you need for your dreams to come true is hard work and an infinite passion. Maybe you won’t read this, but please know that we all admire you and your marvelous work. We probably will never meet, but i’ll always consider you as a dear friend.
Happy Birthday, Horacio!”