Contents: Zonda Models / Huayra Models
Pagani Model List: Every Pagani, Every Year
Every Pagani Ever Made
In a workshop in Pagani's factory - a low-slung, nondescript facility in a grimy industrial estate between Modena and Bologna - there is always a hive of activity. Before that the factory was busy churning out the Pagani Zonda, his first supercar, a classic. The company was founded in 1992 by the Argentinian Horacio Pagani, and is based in San Cesario sul Panaro, near Modena, Italy. His progression is a story of a baker's son in Argentina to a smart young engineer seeking his fortune in Italy.
From humble roots in Argentina he was obsessed with cars from a young age. In 1983 he moved to Italy to pursue his dream of building a supercar, joining Lamborghini where he later built the Countach Evoluzione, a concept Lambo with heavy carbon fiber throughout. When Lamborghini refused to buy an autoclave it signaled the end of his career at Lamborghini. In 1991 he went out on his own with his own consultancy called Modena Design which still exists today. It is a firm focused on making carbon fiber composites for Formula One cars and clients like Daimler, Ferrari and Aprilia . Soon afterwards, in 1992 Pagani Automobili Modena was founded by Pagani. It took seven full years till the Zonda was ready.
In its first year, the Modena, Italy-based outfit started construction of a vehicle known internally as the "C8 Project." To the general public, Pagani would call its first car the "Fangio F1," inspired by five-time Argentinian Formula One champion Juan Manuel Fangio. But following Fangio's death in 1995, Pagani changed the vehicle's name to the Zonda C12. With Mercedes-Benz and Pagani agreeing to an engine partnership in 1994, in which every Pagani would use a German-built V12, the company was on the fast track to production. And in 1999, the first fully formed Pagani supercar showed its face to the general public. The Zonda C12 debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 1999. It was an instant hit, a supercar that was unique and special and unlike any other supercar ever before it. While Pagani has only two models to its name so far (the Zonda and the Huayra) it has tweaked and improved the basic formula for its models over the years. Pagani has also been the master of creating individual models and one-offs, and you can see from the model list below, most of its variants are just that.
There is a third model coming, the Utopia, which is a amalgamation and evolution of both the Zonda and Huayra designs with a monstrous AMG twin turbo V12 providing over 850 HP. The nose of the car is distinctly Zonda-influenced, and the rear of the car features the active aerodynamic flaps of he Huayra on either side of the classic four-tip exhaust pipe. No ordering, production, or release date has been announced, but the rumblings around the internet suggest orders should open early on in 2024, with deliveries in 2025. This information is subject to change, as right now all there is to go on is one press release and rumors.