Thirteen Paganis tour through Italy
Family reunions of distant cousins can be dull occasions. But when the family is Pagani, that’s a different matter entirely...
Posted: 12 Aug 2013
Horacio spent his youth in his native Argentina, making cars out of balsa wood that, when seen today, quite obviously mimic the Porsche 917. But he wanted to build real supercars, and so duly moved to Italy clutching a letter from his friend ‘El Maestro' - Juan Manuel Fangio - recommending that Lamborghini should snap the little designer up. Which it did. In 1987, Horacio found himself heading up the newly formed Composites Department. You see, Horacio is Mr Carbon Fibre. He actually invented various manufacturing techniques that are now being used on the Airbus A380 aeroplane and various specialised cars around the world. But it was the Lamborghini Countach Evoluzione that made his name. It was the first car to make use of the newly hatched lightweight carbon tech, but Lambo subsequently didn't think carbon fibre was a production technique worth pursuing - at the time, at least. Horacio differed, so left to do his own thing, and build his own car. A car that became the Zonda.