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
But the Zonda's magic exceeds pure speed and Nordschleife lap times. Something perfectly showcased as a howl of them rolls into the central piazza of Montepulciano. Normally, this is a quiet medieval town loved for its walkable, car-free streets. But a plethora of Paganis trumps pedestrianisation, and these space-age supercars offer a visual juxtaposition against the Renaissance architecture like no other.
A group of kids spot the cars - they're probably on their computer desktops or bedroom walls - and seeing them makes them so wide-eyed and shocked that their jaws slacken and nearly tumble down the steps outside the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie like a series of toothy Slinkys. "Mamma Mia!" they shout in various comedy pitches as they trawl through and brush their fingers over Horacio's gloriously forensic details. "I never expected this great success," the boss says, only slightly wistfully. "We started from zero, but now Pagani Automobili is a world-known brand..." And it's set to get bigger. Pagani's new million-pound hypercar, the Huayra, is a completely different beast to the Zonda. It takes Horacio's belief that "art and science should be together, hand in hand" and multiplies it tenfold.