Horacio Pagani (auto executive)
|Horacio Pagani (auto executive)|
November 10, 1955
|Occupation||Entrepreneur; founder of Pagani|
His father was a baker descending from Italian emigrants. From a young age he enjoyed designing cars out of balsa wood, the designs of which can now be seen in the Pagani showroom. In 1983 he moved to Italy with a letter of recommendation by Juan Manuel Fangio in order to pursue his dream of building a supercar. At the age of 20, Pagani had designed and built his first F3 racer. He was a chief engineer at Lamborghini and he built the Countach Evoluzione concept. He tried to persuade Lamborghini to buy an autoclave so they could extend the production of the carbon parts for the Evoluzione. They refused, saying that neither did Ferrari have an autoclave, nor did Lamborghini need one. He took the credit to buy an autoclave in late 1987, and then, in 1991, he broke away from the company and founded his own consultancy called Modena Design which continues to make carbon fiber composites for Formula One cars and clients like Daimler, Ferrari and Aprilia .
- http://www.pistonheads.com/doc.asp?c=52&i=23203 Piston Heads article.
- RICHARD LOFTHOUSE (July 6, 2004). "PERFECTION TAKES VISION AND PATIENCE; ACCORDING TO HORACIO PAGANI SUPERCARS SHOULD BE LIGHTWEIGHT,". The Independent.
- Darius Sanai (November 10, 1999). "FOCUS: CAR WORLD'S FABULOUS BAKER'S BOY". The Independent.
- MATT DAVIS (November 18, 2002). "A Wish Called Zonda; Supercar dreamers could learn a lot from Horacio Pagani and his dream supercar". AutoWeek.