Pagani Automobili has released a fascinating five-part video series documenting the company’s origins.
'The Beginnings' starts with a video focusing on Pagani's founder, Horacio Pagani and his pursuit from a young age of blending art with science, inspiration for which came from Leonardo Da Vinci.
A brilliant collage of personal pictures taken throughout Pagani's life document his early passion for automobile design, which lead to him becoming an engineer at Lamborghini. Part II documents the establishment of Pagani Automobili in 1999 and the company's first vehicles: the Zonda C12 and later variants.
In the third episode, we move into the development of the notorious Zonda F and the inspiration for its design. Horacio Pagani designed the Zonda F in 2005 as a tribute to Juan Manuel Fangio, the five-time F1 World Champion.The Zonda F features a custom AMG-built 7.3-liter V12 that generates 594hp and 560lb-ft of torque.
It was the first car to display its bodywork in unpainted carbon-fiber and it's vital statistic include a top speed of 216mph, 0-62mph time of 3.6 seconds, and a sub-10 second 0-125mph time. Part IV concentrates on the Zonda R, born of a customer's request to have a no-holds-barred Zonda for the track.
Weighing in at 1,070kg, the Zonda R is 160kg lighter than the F with a 740hp 6.0-liter V12 that helps it to shift from 0-62mph in 2.7 seconds and onto a top speed of 218mph. In the fifth and final chapter, the focus is on the most distinct versions of the Zonda series, namely the Cinque and Tricolore.
The Cinque started life in 2009 after a Hong Kong-based Pagani dealer requested an ultimate road-legal Zonda. Pagani duly obliged and built the Cinque based on the race-only Zonda R and limited it to five examples. The Cinque became the first road-legal car with a carbon-titanium fiber body and it was also the first Pagani to get a six-gear sequential transmission. Thanks to specially designed aerodynamics, 750kg of downforce is provided at 186mph and the Cinque produces 1.45 Gs of cornering force. The AMG-sourced engine produces 669hp and 575lb-ft of torque, with 0-62mph managed in 3.4 seconds.
The Tricolore was the built in a limited production run of just three as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Italian air force's aerobatic team the Frecce Tricolori, and was intended to be the last road-going Zonda. Distinguished by its stunning transparent blue tinted clear lacquer coasting on a natural carbon-fiber body and Frecce Tricolor stripes running down its sides, the Zonda Tricolore was reportedly priced at €1.3 million. Next up for Pagani is the Huayra, which many expect to be an even bigger success than the Zonda.