In 1999 Horacio Pagani, former chief engineer at Lamborghini, debuted the first vehicle to bear his now-famous name: the Pagani Zonda. It's 444 hp engine seems a bit tame by today's supercar standards but the design remains as avant-garde as it did 20 years ago.
Seeing as how it was exactly 20 years ago, this seems like the perfect time for a beautiful book celebrating the Zonda, its even more outrageous successor the Huayra — named after Huayra Tata, the god of the wind in Incan culture — and the man who delights in going beyond the extreme in automotive design.
Pagani Hypercars: More, is the fitting title for the book, written by Horacio Pagani with Luca Venturi, and accompanied by photos by Mikael Masoero. Just published by Rizzoli, it's now available to order on Amazon, and is one of the coolest supercar books ever published.
Seven iconic cars are profiled in depth from the Zonda and Huayra lines, along with revealing passages about their creator. With 720 hp derived from its twin-turbo V12 engine developed by Mercedes-AMG, the Huayra has upped the stakes considerably since the Zonda days.
The Huayra is supposed to be limited to just 100 examples, and all of them have been sold; however if Pagani likes you he has been known to coax a car from his factory just the same. Several one-off Zondas were built after the official "final" car came out of the studio San Cesario sul Panaro, Italy.
At $2.6 million for a Huayra Roadster, Pagani can afford to build only what he wants to and when. Each one is a bespoke creation, with the client specifying every facet of the interior and exterior details. And his devotion to the creative process has led to comparisons with Leonardo Da Vinci.
"Each car has its own soul, which mirrors that of the client," as Pagani puts it. It took years to develop the Huayra Roadster, which Pagani insisted on re-engineering from the ground up rather than just ripping the roof off the coupé; it got a power boost to 754 hp as well.
What else is in the book? As the title indicates, more. A lot more. Grab a copy and prepare to be immersed in sheer automotive extravagance of the very best kind.