View Full Version : Interviewing a guy named Horacio Pagani, with Wouter's permission

02-25-2011, 04:44 AM
Good morning everyone! .......Who is this guy?!

Wouter and Pieter may travel all around the world many times each year, but when it comes to find a small awesomeness-producing factory near Modena, you know you need some local help.
Hint: Horacio Pagani and his dream in carbon-fibre - Ultimatecarpage.com - Powered by knowledge, driven by passion (http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/feature/34/Horacio-Pagani-and-his-dream-in-carbon-fibre.html)

I had to step in and help in some way. Interviewing one of my personal gurus was probably a difficult task, but there is no glory without a bit of suffering :p

If you feel like this is the Italian point of view on the same subject, except I refuse to summarize so I had to break it in more parts. They were supposed to be three, and now they are four...

Wild is the Wind: an Interview with Horacio Pagani, Part 1 (http://theitalianjunkyard.blogspot.com/2011/02/wild-is-wind-interview-with-horacio.html)

I'll post the rest of the story in the next days, advanced numerical analysis is presently my favorite time waster...


02-25-2011, 04:50 AM
nice, and glad to see some visual proof of my presence there....

02-25-2011, 05:02 AM
Another proof is that I got a free lunch that day :)

02-25-2011, 09:41 AM
Did you see the new Huayra.

02-25-2011, 12:25 PM
Did you see the new Huayra.

next tuesday, the interview was in during June last year.

02-25-2011, 03:49 PM
Did you see the new Huayra.

next tuesday, the interview was in during June last year.

Precisely. I just got a few at the time new details on the car, some additional info, which will be published in the second part.
On the other hand, no, I won't see the new Huayra next Tuesday, the economic crunch has imposed a tight budget restriction at our office... meaning I just need to save money for other more important stuff.
A postponed exam on the 3rd of March did the rest to spoil the party.

I assume I'll see thew Huayra at the next Modena Terra di Motori though, if not earlier at the factory.

02-25-2011, 06:52 PM
Good morning? How arrogant of you to think that there is one time zone? :p

Glad to read your interview, Henk and Damian, and I'm glad that Leon was able to pull some strings!

02-28-2011, 06:31 AM
Time has come for the second part:

Weaving a New Story in Carbo-Titanium: an Interview with Horacio Pagani, Part 2 (http://theitalianjunkyard.blogspot.com/2011/02/weaving-new-story-in-carbo-titanium.html)


This time we talk about some technical aspects of the new chassis technology developed for the Zonda Cinque and Huayra, carbo-titanium. Also some aspects of the new Huayra which make it so different from some of its competitors, and the reasoning behind them.


Once again, enjoy the reading and the pictures we took, I hope I've managed to transmit the passion and emotions Pagani is capable of inspire in my writings. :)

02-28-2011, 09:50 AM
It's tit-bon.

02-28-2011, 04:06 PM
It's tit-bon.

I don't know if that's a good reason to stop watching TG as I already did or if we are quite a few not watching it anymore, as I had to google it to know what it was...:rolleyes:

03-01-2011, 10:07 AM
very nice pictures, Just one question. What is the name of the green Zonda in the pictures, i presume its a one of.

03-01-2011, 02:52 PM
It's actually just the 5th Zonda Cinque, like the one in your avatar.


03-02-2011, 11:14 AM
It's actually just the 5th Zonda Cinque, like the one in your avatar.

Oh thats a suprise. how come its green? I though they were all in the Cinque colours.

03-02-2011, 12:53 PM
They aren't: coupe #3 is bright orange, #5 is green, Roadster #4 is bright yellow and #2 will be deep red. Also coupe #2 has an ordinary exhaust system and F seats.

03-02-2011, 02:22 PM
I know I'm late to the party, but fantastic stuff, Damiano!

Does the Huayra have a three-pedaled sequential?
Also, does Mr. (Dr.?) Pagani have any plans to lend his expertise in composites to those who are trying to make them a part of more everyday cars?

03-03-2011, 12:11 PM
Thanks Miles :)

First off, no third pedal. It's not a real sequential, just "another" electroactuated manual gearbox.

AFAIK, they are not going to share their composites knowledge with any other company as of now, if not possible AMG/Daimler through their engine deal. I know one of the Huayra's prototypes will stay in Affalterbach for engine testing and development.

Besides, Pagani has never got a degree of any sort, albeit he entered some engineering studies (industrial design and then mechanical engineering). The difference between him and an engineer is the same difference you can find between a Zonda and a Gumpert Apollo. I'd like to get both sides of the coin when I'll start my own ubersupercarcompany :D lol

03-22-2011, 04:17 PM
Time for an update, isn't it? :)

Third part of the interview with Horacio Pagani focuses on its aim to mix art and science/engineering in his creations, following the path of Leonardo Da Vinci. Mission accomplished, if you ask me.

I thought it could be quite important to add also this image as it underlines a significant detail, even if you are free to not like it.


At first I thought the rear view mirror was a bit weird, and shaped in a way that didn't really fit the car. Now paying attention to this image, you can notice how its inspiration comes fromt he shape of the human eye, and given the mirror is the only way you have to look to what's behind you, that idea does fit the overall concept. You may not like it, but it's designed that way for a reason.

17.4 The Da Vinci Code, Pagani edition: an Interview with Horacio Pagani, PART 4 (http://theitalianjunkyard.blogspot.com/2011/03/174-da-vinci-code-pagani-edition.html)

Enjoy the article and the high res gallery, while we head towards the fourth and last part.


03-28-2011, 01:27 AM
Got the time to put together the pictures for the last part, last time I'll bother you ;)


This article is focused on the production process, how you transform a few layers of carbon fiber and carbo-titanium into the masterpiece we know as the Pagani Zonda. A few interesting trivia are added in the mix, along with the usual load of shots from inside the factory.

17.5 Get your hands dirty, assemble your own Zonda: an interview with Horacio Pagani, PART 4 (http://theitalianjunkyard.blogspot.com/2011/03/175-get-your-hands-dirty-assembly-your.html)

For those of you interested, the full gallery is now visible at this link:

Gallery: The Italian Junkyard interviews Horacio Pagani, factory visit included (https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=damiano.garro&target=ALBUM&id=5493783956880588721)

Enjoy the reportage and the pictures, I really hope you liked them and thanks to those who already showed the appreciation, much welcomed :D


08-28-2011, 01:03 AM
The Zonda failed to meet NHTSA restrictions in the past but hopefully can clear them with the Huayra. You gotta respect Horacio for putting in every ounce of sweat into each Zonda or Huayra he produces. The man truly goes out of his way. How often do you see a Zonda blast down the street?! Sure would be an awesome site to see.

Here is a gray version of the Huayra at the Art Center of Design in Pasadena:

Pagani Huayra Makes First Trip To the U.S. (http://carbuzz.com/news/2011/8/7/Pagani-Huayra-Makes-First-Trip-To-the-U-S-7704206/)