Pagani isn’t done selling crazy hypercars anytime soon yet. After countless iterations of the Zonda and Huayra, Pagani announces a brand new hypercar, the Pagani Imola. It has all the elements a hypercar should have: exclusive, extremely lightweight materials, a hefty price tag, limited production numbers, and it is built for the track. Or should I say, it was built on the track?
The Pagani Imola was named after the Imola circuit (Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari is the full name of the track) on which the car was tested and finetuned. The stats of the car are right in line with what you would expect of Pagani. The Imola provides the driver with 827 horsepower, and 1100 Newton meters of torque. Only five units of the car have been built, and all of the five million dollar cars have already been sold.
Leader in performance technologies
Pagani is well known for its leadership in creating technologically advanced cars, focusing on performance and safety. The Pagani Imola is a model that is supposed to showcase the inventions as a result of years of research.
The car is powered by a 5980 cc. Mercedes-Benz AMG V12 engine, but this is not the most special feature of the car. The Imola uses the same active aerodynamic system that was also found on the Huayra. Active wings will react to the driving circumstances, for example, they create extra aerodynamic draft when braking. The suspension has been redesigned, and each wheel of the Imola gets its own, electrically controlled active-shock absorbers.
One of Pagani’s unique selling points is vast experience with the use of composite materials in its cars. Unique composites like Carbo-Titanium and Carbo-Triax are used create the monocoque of the vehicle. The key feature of the composite is that it both incredible strong, but lightweight at the same time.
As if using exclusive composites isn’t enough, even the paint is unique. Not because the colour is so special, but the material properties of the paint are important to the performance of the Imola. The paint is supposed to protect the special composites that the car is made of, additionally it is also extremely light weight, which shouldn’t be a surprise by now. Pagani also claims the new paint increases its impact resistance.
Form follows function
The looks of the Pagani Imola were not the main focus of the thorough design process that preceded the production of the car.
“We can’t say that it’s an elegant car. We wanted an efficient vehicle, and just as you’d expect if you were looking at an F1 single-seater, this led us to design a car with additional aerodynamic features.”Horacio Pagani
As Horacio Pagani (founder of Pagani Automobili, and Chief Designer at said company) claimed himself, the focus in the design of the vehicle was on performance and safety. Since the Imola is supposed to be a road legal car, one of the design challenges was to find a balance between designing the car to be perfect for a track day, and making it usable on public roads.
Cooperation with customers
With a price tag exceeding 5 million dollars (pre-tax), a buyer could expect that they would get exactly what they want. During the testing of the Imola, which frequently happened on the track sharing that name, the car was tweaked with the involvement of Pagani’s customers.
“Despite the fact that it was the first time he had driven his Imola on a race track, he built up his confidence lap by lap, pushing it like a professional racing driver. As he stepped out of the car, he told me that he had never imagined it would be so easy to drive.”Horacio Pagani
The quote above explains how user involvement helped Pagani in the design process of the car. Some buyers even asked Pagani to wait with the testing of the car, just so they could be present at the key testing moments. Pagani has been careful to include its customers in the design of its cars as much as possible, with loyal customers as a result.