May 4, 2015 By Mike Lee
Last updated on May 4, 2015

Pagani LogoBrief History About Pagani

Pagani was founded in 1992 in Italy by Horacio Pagani. Horacio was already in the composite research business and had previously managed Lamborghinis composites for such cars as the 25th Anniversary Countach and Diablo.

With plans to build his own car from the late 80’s, Pagani built a prototype in 1992 called the Fangio F1, after his friend and great racing driver Juan Manuel Fangio. In 1994 a V12 engine supplied by Mercedes, as a suggestion by Fangio was added to power the new car. The new car was then shown at the 1999 Genenva Motor Show and was now called the Zonda C12. The name change came about as Juan Manuel Fangio had died in 1995 and Horacio felt it would now be unfair to use Fangio’s name to promote the car.

To continue the development and evolution of the brand, Pagani released the Huayra in 2011 and still working closely with Mercedes-AMG used a 6 litre twin turbo AMG engine.

Pagani Zonda
Zonda 1999-2011

Pagani Huayra
Huayra 2011