Pagani Automobili S.p.A. (commonly referred to as Pagani) is an Italian manufacturer of sports cars and carbon fibre components. The company was founded in 1992 by Horacio Pagani and is based in San Cesario sul Panaro, near Modena, Italy.
Pagani’s first car line was named for the Zonda wind, a regional term for a hot air current above Argentina. The Zonda C12 debuted in 1999 at the Geneva Motor Show. The car’s design was inspired by jet fighters and the famous Sauber-Mercedes Silver Arrow Group C cars, and features several unique design elements, including its circular four pipe exhaust system. This line was in production until 2017.
The Pagani Huayra, a successor to the Pagani Zonda, was officially revealed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The car is named after the Incan god of wind, Huayra-tata.
All Pagani’s cars are powered by mid-mounted DOHC V12 engines designed and manufactured by Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division
Pagani has developed many new lightweight materials for its line of cars. For the Zonda they used Carbotanium (carbo-titanium) which incorporates titanium in the weave to increase strength and rigidity. For the Huayra convertible they used Carbon triax ,which is a combination of tri-axis fibre glass with carbon fibre. Pagani claims this is 50% lighter and 20% stronger than regular carbon fibre, resulting in a convertible that weighs less than the coupé.