The Pagani Imola - named for the famous Italian road course - shows a new level of Pagani engineering prowess.
The Imola circuit in Italy is a famously fearsome road course. What better place, then, to hone Pagani's latest and greatest road-going hypercar?
The Pagani Imola is a super rare work of aptly-named engineering brilliance, with just five examples built - all of which have already been sold at a price of €5 million plus VAT. It's powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.0L V12 supplied by AMG, which in this application makes a staggering 827 horsepower and 811 lb-ft of torque. Even more impressively, it tips the scales at just 2,747 pounds, thanks to a fanatical obsession with lightweighting that demonstrates the absolute best that Pagani is capable of.
It turns out the Italian supercar manufacturer is capable of an awful lot.
In a press release, Pagani referred to the Imola as a "vehicle-laboratory" - a rolling experiment that allowed the carmaker to experiment with a number of cutting-edge concepts. This includes a new formula for the carbo-titanium monocoque, an experimental painting method that manages to take 11 pounds of paint weight out of the car, and the incorporation of some 770 CNC-machined parts.
But it's the effort poured into the aerodynamics that really defines the Pagani Imola. It features an active-aero system similar to what's on the Pagani Huayra, with four "mobile winglets" that respond appropriately and immediately to provide downforce wherever it's needed, along with new fins and deflectors to maximize stability and cornering grip.
Naturally, all this experimentation required lots and lots of testing, which is why the Pagani Imola was subjected to some 16,000 km - nearly 10,000 miles - of driving at racing speed. That's equivalent to about three rounds of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Pagani says.
Company founder and chief designer Horacio Pagani characterizes the new Imola as an instance of function over form, admitting "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," he remarks. "So, although on the one hand these [fins, winglets, and deflectors] 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."
If you're upset that you missed your chance to buy one of the five Pagani Imolas produced, don't worry; the company says that many of the lessons learned on that car will trickle down into later products.