The shock news wasn’t announced publicly. Company founder Horacio Pagani himself told Top Gear about the decision backstage, on the 20th anniversary of the Zonda first gracing the world’s biggest car exhibition.
Before the EV, there’ll be an all-new supercar to replace the Huayra. That car gets its last hurrah with the Huayra BC Roadster this
Yep, though Mercedes is killing off V12s in its S-Classes, the bespoke 750hp 12-cylinder monsters it concocts for Pagani are going nowhere: “Mercedes is stopping standard V12 production, but tailored V12s for Pagani have nothing to do with that. They will continue.”
On the subject of engines, Pagani was quick to quash any rumors of downsizing—or returning to the Zonda’s wailing naturally aspirated engines. We asked the boss if a Pagani engine has to have 12 cylinders. “Yes.” Will it never be non-turbo again? “No.” What about if you built in hybrid electric
“Our future project is a fully electric car in 2024.” Wow. What on earth do Pagani’s customers, who view their cars just as much as fine art as they do as ultra-fast toys, think of that? Are they demanding Pagani goes electric?
“No! None of our customers or dealers want to know about an electric car. They don’t want to know anything about it. They’re not interested. It’s a huge challenge for
He explains that, unlike the Pininfarina Battista, which uses Rimac underpinnings to develop some 1,900hp, Pagani is not currently in a technology sharing partnership. The new Pagani EV is not secret Mercedes-AMG EQ or Tesla in disguise. Yet.
“For the moment, we are the only owners of the project. Pagani is not a group, the company is still 96% family owned. The brand feels free to decide which partners it may collaborate with. For now, everything is in-house.”
Apparently, the car has gone beyond mere design sketches and work will soon kick in creating the tooling for building prototypes.
Already, Pagani is two and
It’s a monumental undertaking for a relatively small company that crafts cars in the tens, not the thousands. But Pagani is adamant the new wave of startups will not be allowed to run away with the EV hypercar game. In fact, he wants Pagani to take the war to their front door.
“The real challenge here is the weight,” he comments. “The new Rimac C Two is beautiful and impressive, but it’s just so heavy. The Chiron is so
Hang about. What about a sensational noise? All
“This is one of the next challenges for an electric car. We’re working on it, and we’re quite confident,” comes an unusually coy response.
One last question for him. Both Pagani models so far have borne beautifully evocative names—Zonda and Huayra. What clues can he give us to the name of the EV? His answer is something approaching poetry.
“I live close to the Pagani factory, in the Modenese countryside, near a lake. There’s a natural island in the middle. Flocks of birds like to fly over to the
Could the e-Pagani be named after a bird? “Maybe…” Ornithological answers on a postcard, please.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.