When Page & Cooper met Mr. Pagani
Page and Cooper have been closely involved with the release of the wonderful 1:18th scale Pagani Huayra, made specially for Pagani by BBR models in Milan.
Horacio Pagani himself has taken a personal interest in the preparation of this model, from the selection of the colour, the paint being the same paint that Pagani use on the real cars, the choice of Alcantara for the base and the design of the wooden display boxes in which each model comes. When we were invited to visit Pagani in Modena Italy, we jumped at the chance.
The first thing to say is how friendly and welcoming everyone at Pagani is. To call it a factory would be totally incorrect. It is more of an Artisan’s Workshop.
In the entrance to the showroom there are on display two Pagani Zondas. One is the actual Zonda R that broke the Nurburging record and the other a wonderful blue carbon Zonda Tricolore awaiting collection by its new owner.
Around the edges of the Showroom are examples of Horacio Pagani’s work, from his first wooden models to his Pagani Formula Renault racing car and even the hi fi system system beautifully made ‘in the Pagani style’.
We were greeted by the charming Francesco who gave us his own personal tour of the whole of the Pagani facility. Leaving the showroom, the first room one enters is the assembly area where 2 Huayras were currently in various stages of construction. To the side of this area is a separate room where all the carbon fibre components are created by hand. This was the only area of the Pagani facility we were not allowed to see. Pagani are constantly evolving and many prototype components were being made.
Construction starts with the carbo titanium passenger cell. Carbo titanium is a new material that offers even more of the lightweight benefits of carbon fibre with even more strength. Pagani’s attention to detail is legendary but is only when you see the accuracy of the presentation and construction that you truly appreciate the meticulous way in which Pagani’s are built.
We were shown the selection of titanium bolts that are used in every Pagani. Each is hand made and etched with the Pagani logo. Every bolt costs approximately 90 Euros but there are literally thousands of these bolts in every car.
As each sub assembly is finished, it’s either fitted to the car or placed in a separate cabinet for safe keeping and display. We were allowed to handle some of the components and whilst the attention to detail is legendary it’s not until you feel the unbelievably light weight of these components that you realise how special Pagani cars are. The entire gear shift assembly is incredibly light at only a few kilos you almost can’t believe what you are holding in your hands.
Behind this assembly area is a larger room that holds the large autoclaves where Pagani cure all components. They are big enough to finish any carbon component and demonstrate how much Pagani can build in house.
In another corner of the room is a silver painted Huayra complete and undergoing final inspection.
There are so many innovative and unique things to see and say about Pagani that it would fill many blogs, but the overriding impression is that Horacio Pagani and his team love what they do and love to share their knowledge with everyone.
Whilst we were visiting, a little boy walked into the showroom very nervously to see his dream car. Horacio Pagani had no problem in coming down to shake the boy’s hand and give him a signed Zonda F poster.
No matter how old you are, Pagani truly is ‘a place where dreams come true’.