Pagani Automobili is possibly one of the most highly coveted hypercar brands in the world. Only a handful of their cars are built each year, and not everyone is lucky enough to see one in the metal, let alone have the opportunity of owning one. Soon, however, we might get to see Paganis on Philippine streets. The Autohub Group has announced that they are now officially the Exclusive Selling Agent of Pagani in the country.
Together with this announcement, Horacio Pagani himself set foot in Manila for the very first time. The founder is currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of his first ever model – the Zonda C12 – after launching it at the 1999 Geneva International Motor Show. During his time in Manila, Pagani told his personal story as well as how Pagani Automobili came to be, giving us an idea as to why their vehicles cost a whole lot more than your "run-of-the-mill" supercar.
Born in Argentina, Horacio Pagani developed an interest in engineering, cars, and design at a very young age. After honing his craftsmanship in Argentina, he met fellow Argentine, Formula 1 champion Juan Manuel Fangio, who helped start off his career in Italy. Later on, he was hired by Lamborghini but only did menial jobs at the start, slowly making his way up the ladder and eventually becoming a lead designer.
Pagani is known for styling the Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition, but he is also one of the first in the company to dwell into the use of carbon fiber. However, Lamborghini was reluctant to invest in an autoclave to make carbon fiber parts at the time; so Horacio ended up buying his own.
Eventually, he left Lamborghini to make carbon fiber parts. Horacio founded Pagani Automobili in 1992, and building his very own supercar took him seven years of studies and development. He wanted to make it stand out among the rest of the vehicles at the time by using carbon fiber and the most advanced technology available, which he successfully did. With regard to styling, Pagani himself stated that the Zonda is inspired by a lot of things such as a Patek Philippe watch and that of a woman’s body when viewing the car from the top.
To this day, the Zonda continues to be one of the most iconic hypercars ever built even after its production run has ended. Its successor, the Huayra, enjoys the same success as the Zonda and builds on its predecessor's ideology by using the latest technology and carbon fiber composites available.
Speaking with Alberto Giovanelli, Pagani Global Sales Manager, only 40 cars are built yearly with each one having a starting price of around EUR 2 million (Apx. Php 118,400,000). Unlike other limited-number hypercar makers, Pagani also crash tests their vehicles and meets all requirements (i.e. emissions) similar to other automakers be it for Europe or the U.S. market. Each car is still hand built to this day, as a testament to the very first Zonda built and styled by Horacio Pagani.
The journey has been long and difficult, but as we can see, Horacio and his brand, and name, have persisted and persevered throughout the decades. Some people say that there is no true price for fine craftsmanship, but if there is anything that could command a price, Pagani and his hypercars definitely could.
The question now is this: Do you think that the story of Pagani is worth it to buy one of his handcrafted hypercars at over PhP 100,000,000? That's something we'll leave to you.