Pagani is an emotive Italian automaker which proves insanity knows no bounds. If you think Lamborghini makes the most outrageous super and hypercars ever, then Pagani are the people that will disabuse you of that notion. The Zonda and Huayra are prime examples of them.
Now however, there is a new ultra-exclusive, track-focused variant of the Huayra called the Imola, which for those not in the know, is a legendary Italian race track which saw not only multiple Formula One Grand Prix over the years but also the tragic passing of Ayrton Senna in 1994. That said, its history and heritage are undeniable and it is what Pagani have chosen as the name for their latest creation. Horacio Pagani, Founder and Chief Designer of Pagani Automobili, said: “Imola is a sacred place for car enthusiasts. It’s a fast, difficult, technical circuit that has always separated the wheat from the chaff, in terms of both men and machines. A circuit that has made the fastest drivers faster, one that has given rise to fierce duels between opponents and gentlemen, and where the sweetest victories and bitterest tragedies have been witnessed.”
The Pagani Imola is described by its builders as the “maximum expression of Pagani Automobili’s track technology”. They also go on to say the Imola has amassed over 16,000 km on the track, at racing speeds – which is about three times the distance covered in the grueling 24Hours of Le Mans.
Building razor-sharp track weapon’s is nothing new for the brand. Pagani made their first foray into that field back in 2008 when they revealed the incredible Zonda R. Which was used as a rolling test bed to create solutions for the then upcoming Huayra. In turn, this Imola could be used as a mule to work out the kinks and issues for their Huayra successor model, just like in Ferrari’s XX program.
According to the proud Italians that built this Pagani, the Imola use the Huayra’s active aerodynamics system, which means each of the four winglets behaves according to how you drive the Imola and under braking, can generate a substantial aerodynamic braking force. “The aerodynamic technology behind the Pagani Imola is evident in three of its key features. The general outline, the internal aerodynamics and the external aerodynamic details, such as the fins, winglets and deflectors”, explained Horacio Pagani.
“We can’t say that it’s an elegant car. We wanted an efficient vehicle, and just as you’d expect if you were looking at an F1 single-seater, this led us to design a car with additional aerodynamic features. So, although on the one hand these details may detract from the lines and overall aesthetics of the vehicle, on the other, they also allow to improve lap time, ease of driving and especially safety. Speaking of safety, we could have reduced the ground clearance so as to increase the downforce effect by taking advantage of the vehicle’s flat bottom” he continued.
The go-factor in an Imola comes in the form of an uprated version of the Huayra’s Mercedes-AMG-sourced powerplant. The twin-turbocharged six-litre V12 pumps out 617kW of power and an almost unbelievable 1,100Nm of torque. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via an Xtrac 7-speed automated manual transmission and an electro-mechanical differential. The marque says the transmission uses a new Smart Gas system, which reduces shifting times while improving performance.
The Pagani Imola tips the scales with a dry weight of 1,246kg and this is thanks to its extensive use of carbon-titanium and carbon tri-axial material in its construction. Weight reduction was taking to the extreme here. The chrome-molybdenum steel, aluminum, and titanium alloys are among the 770 new components that have been CNC machined or forged to keep the Imola’s weight down. They even introduced a new system of painting the car – called Acquarello Light – which keeps the depth, shine and richness of the colour while reducing 5kg of weight. “The paint of a vehicle is not just an aesthetic requirement, but has essential technical functions, such as protecting from external influences and preventing the ageing of the material, in particular of advanced composites” Horacio Pagani added.
Obviously, innovation doesn’t come cheap. The Pagani Imola – which is already sold out – required its owners to cross a cheque for 5 million Euros (plus VAT) or $8.1 million Australian dollars. As mentioned, only 5 examples will ever be made. Check out the gallery below.
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