Pagani Automobili S.p.A. is an Italy based manufacturer of supercars and carbon fiber. The company was founded in 1992 by Horacio Pagani from Argentina and its headquarter can be found in Cesario sul Panaro, near the city of Modena in Italy. Pagani has a close working relationship with DaimlerChrysler, especially with Mercedes' AMG arm. Pagani has also been a part of the team behind the Chrysler ME Four-Twelve supercar.
The Pagani Zonda car
The Zonda is the only car model produced by Pagani and the engines used in all Zonda cars are manufactured by Mercedes-Benz's AMG division. The Zonda is powered by mid-mounted V-12 DOHC engines and the Zonda has used increasingly advanced versions of the M120 V12 over the years. The initial version displaced 6.0L, but the more recent Zonda cars have 7.3L engines based on the SL65 AMG engine.
The Zonda design is inspired by the celebrated Sauber-Mercedes Silver Arrow Group C cars – and by jet fighters! If you take a closer look at a Zonda car, you will notice a broad selection if unique design features, such as the circular four pipe exhaust. There are three main versions of the Zonda car: Zonda, Zonda F and Zonda R Clubsport. The Zonda exists as the C12 car with the 6.0 L (5987 cc) engine, the C12 S car with the 7.0 L (7010 cc) engine, and the C12 S car with the 7.3 L (7291 cc) engine. If you decide to get a C12 S, you can get a C12 S Roadster or a C12 S Monza, and there is also the C12 racing car named Pagani Zonda GR. The Zonda F also exist in a roadster form, the Pagani Zonda Roadster F.
Pagani has reviled their intentions of introducing a new car in the near future; a car that will not be based on the Zonda. This new car has no official name yet, but has been code named the C9. The C9 will be fitted with a next-generation Mercedes-Benz V12 and active aerodynamics. Pagani has also announced that they plan to triple their production output between 2005 and 2008, and that they also intend to enter the US market.
In 1988, an Horacio Pagani from Argentina founded the Pagani Composite Research after having managed Lamborghini's composite department. Horacio Pagan's company collaborated with Lamborghini on a long row of project, such as the restyling of the 25th Anniversery Countach. Pagani Composite Research was also involved in the development of the infamous Diablo and the P140 design concept.
During the late 1980s, Pagani started to design his own car, a car that he referred to as the “C8” but intended to name Fangio F1 to honour Juan Manuel Fangio, a five-time Formula One champion. The final car was however named Zonda C12, since it was presented four years after the death of Juan Manuel Fangio.
From the late 1980s to 1999, Pagani made numerous changes to the early C8, while simultaneously establishing Modena Design to meet the demand for his engineering, design and prototyping services. (Modena Design was founded in 1991.) Pagani began constructing the Fangio F1 prototype in 1992 and one year later the car was ready to be tested at the Dallara wind tunnel. The test showed very positive results and in 1994 Mercedes-Benz decided to provide Pagani with V12 engines for the Fangio F1. The Zonda C12 was first unveiled at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show.