What's Wrong With This Picture: Pagani Wins The Supercar Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

I know fanboyishness is frowned upon in this establishment, so let me make this brief: what Pagani has achieved over the nearly 20 years of its existence is one of the most inspiring stories in the car business. The number of people who decided to get into the supercar game since 1992 could fill books, and yet among them all, Pagani alone seems to have carved out a truly sustainable niche in the business. Built one at a time with creativity and flair, Pagani’s creations boast all the supercar must-haves like power, performance and presence, but add something that is increasingly absent from modern cars: character. It’s an overused phrase to be sure, but Pagani’s Zonda could not only go toe-to-toe with Ferrari and Lamborghini’s finest, they make some of the most exotic metal look and feel, well, a bit ordinary… cynical, even. In an age when even the most super of supercars have been commodified, Horacio Pagani’s love of materials, dedication to the complete car, and unconventional but classic tastes have vaulted his firm to the top of the supercar heap. His latest car, the Huayra, a 700HP carbon-fiber beast some seven years in the making, seems to be more than capable of continuing that legacy.

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  • M 1 M 1 on Jan 26, 2011

    If we're going to fawn over their amazing accomplishments (I'd be more impressed if any of their efforts in real-world motorsports had been worth a damn), it bears mentioning that much of their success is a direct result of AMG's considerable involvement in the rather important areas of engines and gearboxes...

  • Ronnie Schreiber Ronnie Schreiber on Jan 27, 2011

    For a car guy, supercars sort of bore me.

    I don't want to, ahem, carp about the styling but that front end sure is distinctive.

    I'm reading David Temple's book on the Motorama cars and while some of them were great designs, a few of them were butt ugly.

    Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?

  • MaintenanceCosts This is now our fourth 20th Anniversary GTI, and the third of those four that had major structural modifications for purely aesthetic reasons. I didn't picture Tim as the type to want to join the STANCE YO crowd, but here we are?
  • JMII This is why I don't watch NASCAR, it just a crash fest. Normally due the nature of open-wheel cars you don't see such risky behavior during Indy car events. You can't trade paint and bump draft with an Indy car. I thought it was a sad ending for a 500. While everyone wants a green flag finish at some point (3 laps? 5 laps?) red flagging it is just tempting people too much like a reset button in a game.The overall problem is the 500 is not a "normal" race. Many one-off competitors enter it and for almost every driver they are willing to throw away the entire season championship just to win the "500". It sure pays way more then winning the championship. This would be like making a regular season NFL game worth more then the Super Bowl. This encourages risky behavior.I am not sure what the fix is, but Indy's restart procedures have been a mess for years. If I was in charge the rule would be pit speed limiter until the green flag drops at a certain place on the track - like NASCARs restart "zone". Currently the leader can pace the field however they wish and accelerate whenever they choose. This leads to multiple false and jumped starts with no penalty for the behavior. Officals rarely wave off such restarts, but that did happened once on Sunday so they tried to make driver behave. The situation almost didn't happen as there were two strategies in the end with some conserving fuel and running old tires, driving slower with others racing ahead. However the last caution put everyone on even terms so nobody had advantage. It always gets crazy in the last few laps but bunching up the field with a yellow or red flag is just asking for trouble.
  • Tim Healey Lol it's simply that VWVortex is fertile ground for interesting used cars!
  • Jalop1991 I say, install gun racks.Let the games begin!
  • EBFlex For those keeping track, Ford is up to 24 recalls this year and is still leading the industry. But hey, they just build some Super Dutys that are error free. Ford even sent out a self congratulatory press release saying they built Super Duty’s with zero defects. What an accomplishment!