Horacio Pagani founded Pagani Automobili in 1992 in a small nondescript factory between Modena and Bologna, Italy, with the dream to combine race-proven engineering and design into a supercar of his own which would be both an engineering marvel and a work of art. Before forming Pagani, his passion and dedication was recognized by Renault, who hired him as an engineer to improve the body of one of their racing cars. Later, after meeting with Lamborghini’s chief technical director, Horacio moved to Italy in 1982, where he was hired by Lamborghini and performed menial tasks, eventually working his way up to chief engineer, where he designed the Countach Evoluzione concept. When Lamborghini refused to purchase an autoclave to expand production of the carbon-fiber parts, he opened his own consulting firm in Modena with a focus on advanced composite materials. It was this foundation that would eventually lead Horacio to embark on designing a prototype, which became the Zonda model that launched Pagani into the world’s spotlight.
A decade after launching the successor to the Zonda, the Huayra roadster capitalizes on the technology and engineering successes of its predecessors. On the development of the Huayra roadster, Horacio notes, “This is the most complicated project we have ever undertaken.” The team at Pagani redefined the styling of the coupe, giving it a slightly more aggressive shape and ultimately reducing the weight of the Huayra coupe, which was already the lightest hypercar available on the market. The finished product is nothing short of a work of art—each component shows an obsessive attention to detail, from the sheer perfection and symmetry of the exposed carbon-fiber construction of the body and trim to the meticulous leather upholstery throughout the cabin. Only 100 examples of the Huayra were to be commissioned, each example embracing the Italian ideology Creata con Arte e Passione.
RM Sotheby’s is excited to offer the 42nd example of the Pagani Huayra roadster at the upcoming Arizona collector car auction, held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona, 16–17 January 2020.
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