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The New Pagani Imola: Only 5 Examples and Already Sold Out



The new Pagani Imola is limited to a production of five examples, with each priced at five million euros and all having sold already.
2020 Pagani Imola at racetrack
Only 5 Pagani Imola’s will be made. Credit: Pagani Automobili

The Pagani Imola is said to have undergone the severest on-track validation test ever applied to a Pagani car. It seems to have come out the other side of this process refined by the trials and so it’s no surprise then that Pagani’s latest car demanded the honor of inheriting its name from the track on which it covered an impressive 16,000km of testing at racing speed.

Speaking specifically of the circuit in the Motor Valley of Emilia Romagna, Horacio Pagani, Founder & Chief Designer di Pagani Automobili stated, “Imola is a sacred place for car enthusiasts. It’s a fast, difficult, technical circuit that has always separated the wheat from the chaff.” With Horacio describing it this way you could get the impression he wanted to test the new car’s ultimate limits, experiment with ideas and create something Pagani could stand proudly behind as its latest and greatest, “A roadworthy Hypercar with a racing temperament that embodies the maximum expression of Pagani’s track technology.”

There are already 5 very happy Pagani Imola owners out there. Credit: Pagani Automobili
Named after the infamous Imola circuit, Italy. Credit: Pagani Automobili

Pagani has always cherished experimenting and has what it calls a vehicle-laboratory. Many of its important innovations have been devised, developed and tested within this division and have been credited with being instrumental in the development of Imola’s predecessor, the Huayra, and contributing to such things as the Carbo-Titanium chassis, as well as geometries, materials and concepts that were hitherto unheard of from the aerodynamic, dynamic and supercar-safety viewpoints.

With the Imola, Pagani laid down initial specifications then determined to stay open minded as the car developed and as they set about incorporating innovations as the car developed. This also extended to Pagani involving their customers in the build process to garner further ideas and suggestions, even going as far as some customers joining the team to act as test drivers.

The Imola endured 16,000 km’s of testing at race speed. Credit: Pagani Automobili

The initial track tests had already achieved great results and so as Pagani states, “This encouraged us to study other solutions and ideas, often with the approval of our customers and their increasing involvement, not only during the first stages of development but even when their vehicles had been completed. Aware of the potential of the scientific research we were conducting, our customers frequently asked us to wait so that they could be present as their car took shape, and they often came up with brilliant suggestions.”

Pagani was happy to subtly nudge aesthetics to the side so that practical and technical improvements could be employed to deliver an exceptional track worthy Imola. Horatio put it this way, “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.”

Interior render of the Imola. Credit: Pagani Automobili
Seats embossed with the race circuit the car is named after. Credit: Pagani Automobili

Still Pagani Imola’s aesthetics haven’t been completely compromised with Pagani cleverly introducing a new bespoke painting system called Acquarello Light which reduces Imola’s weight by 5kg while still upholding the car’s color depth, richness and shine. Weight reductions here are just the start and Pagani has conducted extreme research for many years leading to the increasingly extensive use of noble alloys, such as aluminum, titanium and chrome-molybdenum steel and Pagani continues to also play around with these materials in an additional capacity, to use them to create new and interesting design aesthetics.

Aesthetics took a slight back seat to function and efficiency. Credit: Pagani Automobili

In terms of aerodynamics, the Pagani Imola has an active system whereby four mobile winglets move dynamically according to driving conditions extending also to braking situations where the winglets act somewhat like air brakes.

Among many other innovations on the Imola the suspension geometry has been newly designed in a way that reduces the dive effect and sway when braking. So much so, says Pagani, that the driver can take a corner by braking at the last thousandth of a second! All we need now is a race track like Imola to test it on.

Pagani Imola Technical Characteristics

  • Engine: Mercedes-Benz AMG 60° V12; 5980 cc.
  • Power: 827 hp
  • Torque: 1100 NM
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Gearbox: Xtrac 7-speed transverse AMT with electro-mechanical differential
  • Clutch: Triple-disc clutch, electronically controlled differential, tripod joint system
  • Suspensions: Independent double wishbones, helical springs, electronically controlled shock-absorbers
  • Brakes: Brembo 4 ventilated carbon-ceramic discs: Front 398×36 mm with 6-piston monolithic calipers; Rear 380×34 mm with 4-piston monolithic calipers
  • Rims: 20’’ front, 21’’ rear
  • Tires: Pirelli Trofeo R, front: 265/30, rear: 355/23 R21
  • Structure, chassis and composite materials: Carbo-Titanium HP62 G2 and Carbo-Triax HP62 monocoque with front and rear tubular steel subframes
  • Dry weight: 1246 kg / 2747 lbs* * presentation version
  • Dimensions: Wheelbase – 2795 mm, Width – 2035 mm
    (2264 mm with mirrors) Length – 4853 mm Height – 1269 mm
Imola side view. Credit: Pagani Automobili
Imola front view. Credit: Pagani Automobili
Imola rear view. Credit: Pagani Automobili


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Bugatti Shares Customer’s Divo “Lady Bug”



One of the last Bugatti Divo’s to be delivered has been dubbed “Lady Bug” and features a geometric fading pattern across the bodywork.
The new Bugatti Divo Lady Bug. Credit: Bugatti
The new Bugatti Divo Lady Bug. Credit: Bugatti

When it was first introduced in 2018, the Bugatti Divo was already one of the world’s most in-demand hypercars, with only 40 vehicles available worldwide.

1600 diamond-shapes across the bodywork outlined in "Graphite". Credit: Bugatti
1600 diamond-shapes across the bodywork outlined in “Graphite”. Credit: Bugatti

Not long after its launch, a USA-based collector known as @officialbugattihellbee placed an order for a special Divo “Lady Bug” that would feature an eye-catching geometric fading design across the “Customer Special Red” bodywork.

Took almost two years to perfect the diamond design. Credit: Bugatti
Took almost two years to perfect the diamond design. Credit: Bugatti

At the beginning of the project, no one could have envisioned the project’s complexity and just how difficult it would prove to paint the diamonds onto the vehicle without distorting the design.

Bugatti Divo Ladybug Side Stairs View

What now appears as a flawlessly designed Bugatti Divo ended up taking almost two years to create as the CAD modelers, and production team worked to perfect the design of the 1,600 diamond shapes across the contours, curves, and ribs of the Divo “Lady Bug.”

Bugatti Divo Ladybug Diamond Shaped Panelling

“The ‘Lady Bug’ was an exceptional challenge and at the same time an unforgettable experience. Due to the nature of the project, where a 2D graphic was applied to a 3D sculpture, and after numerous failed ideas and attempts to apply the diamonds, we were close to giving up and saying: ‘We cannot meet the customer’s request’,” explains Jörg Grumer, Head of Color & Trim at Bugatti Design. “However, it is our profound conviction that we should never give up and that our foremost motivation should always be to make the impossible possible for the customer. We are proud of the expertise we applied in creating this Divo: a high quality and complex product based on pure craftsmanship and outstanding teamwork between design and development.”

Bugatti Divo Ladybug Diamond Shape Bodywork

Once the CAD team had completed the exterior graphic design of the Lady Bug, the application onto the bodywork was relatively smooth, with employees completing the process over a few days.

Bugatti Divo Ladybug Fuel Cap

“The thought of this project becoming a reality was not only exciting but a dream of mine,” shared the owner.” I was absolutely floored upon delivery. Working with the Bugatti design team on the Lady Bug’s production was an exceptional experience, not only in the true dedication to the flawless execution of the one of a kind design but also in the dedication at all levels involved in the final presentation of the vehicle. Not only is the vehicle a true masterpiece and work of art, but it is the true height of my collection to date and the most intricate and well developed vehicle I have owned. This is true because the team at Bugatti are truly masters of their craft and only work at the highest level of detail in each masterpiece they produce.”

Bugatti Divo Ladybug Diamond Roof
Bugatti Divo Roof Fin
Bugatti Divo Vents
Bugatti Divo Rear Lights

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Porsche Taycan 4S “ArtCar” Will Be Auctioned for Charity



American artist Richard Phillips and Porsche have collaborated on the new Porsche Taycan 4S “Artcar” that will be auctioned for charity.
Porsche Taycan 4S "Artcar" designed by artist Richard Phillips. Credit: Porsche
Porsche Taycan 4S “Artcar” designed by artist Richard Phillips. Credit: RM Sothebys

A new artistic Porsche Taycan 4S created in collaboration with American artist Richard Phillips will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s to raise funds for Swiss non-profit Suisseculter Sociale, helping to support artists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will be auctioned by RM Sotheby's to raise funds for Suisseculter Sociale. Credit: RM Sothebys
Will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s to raise funds for Suisseculter Sociale. Credit: RM Sothebys

Based on Phillips’s 2010 large-scale painting “Queen of the Night” inspired by Swiss landscape artist Adolf Dietrich’s work, the art wrap features large three-dimensional elements of the floral blooms, blue skies, and butterflies across the body of the Taycan 4S.

Based on Richard Phillips "Queen of the Night" artwork. Credit: RM Sothebys
Based on Richard Phillips “Queen of the Night” artwork. Credit: RM Sothebys

 “The Queen of the Night livery culminates at the rear of the car with its namesake blossom wrapping completely around the bumper while being dramatically lit up by the Taycan’s signature horizontal light bar,” explains Phillips. “Conceptually, my Queen of the Night livery takes into consideration that the design of the Taycan is an instant icon of electric mobility and speed.

Bold florals form the artwork wrap around the electric Taycan 4S. Credit: RM Sothebys
Bold florals form the artwork wrap around the electric Taycan 4S. Credit: RM Sothebys

“Its lines and form are that of the artists and designers at Porsche who strove to communicate this feeling at first sight. I greatly respect this objective. The choice to work with my Dietrich-inspired painting was to reference the natural environment with its beauty and composition reimagined in concert with the sweeping gestures of the Taycan. Dietrich’s intimate relationship to the landscape was more than mere representation of the environment around him. It was to communicate the soul of Switzerland and Lake Constance. His art is universally recognized for this, and is something that I have been deeply moved by.”

Painted at a live event at Porsche partner pop-up restaurant. Credit: RM Sothebys
Painted at a live event at Porsche partner pop-up restaurant. Credit: RM Sothebys

Created at a live event at Porsche partner pop-up restaurant “Leuehof” in Zurich, the electric Porsche Taycan 4S Artcar was initially displayed in the culinary art space of the restaurant until COVID-19 regulations forced the closure of the restaurant in December 2020.

Porsche Taycan 4S Artcar

With the restaurant remaining closed due to the pandemic, the Porsche Taycan 4S Artcar will now make a series of appearances at various Porsche Centers in Switzerland before the online auction at www.rmsothebys.com that will run from April 6 – 13, 2021.

To ensure the full amount of the auction proceeds will go to charity, artist Richard Phillips, auction house RM Sotheby’s, and Porsche Schweiz AG have all agreed to forgo fees and commissions so that Suisseculture Sociale can distribute funds to hardship cases who would not be otherwise eligible for assistance.

Porsche Taycan 4S Artcar bonnet
Porsche Taycan 4S Artcar roof

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Limited Edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Inspired by Time & the Universe



The Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection is inspired by the universe’s infinite reach and is limited to 20 vehicles worldwide.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Front View
The new limited edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus. Credit: Rolls-Royce

The new Rolls-Royce Phantom “Tempus” is limited to 20 vehicles and is inspired by the concept of time and the infinite universe, with a special focus on a rare astronomical phenomenon known as a “pulsar.”

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Side View
New “Kairos Blue” paint with mica flakes to represent the night sky. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Unknown and undiscovered until 1967, pulsars are found in the deepest reaches of space (the closest is still 1,680 trillion miles from Earth) and are dense, white-hot stars that emit electromagnetic radiation in regular pulses – making them some of the most accurate clocks in the universe.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Side Door Open
Only 20 editions will be made. Credit: Rolls-Royce

In the Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus, the pulsar features as a hand-painted and embroidered artwork across the Starlight Headliner, complete with twinkling fiber-optic lights to reflect the white-hot stars.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Headliner
Starlight Headliner with hand-painted/embroidered Pulsar night sky design. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Another design element made to represent time is the “Frozen Flow of Time” gallery – a unique artwork built into the dashboard fascia and made of a single billet of aluminum milled to form 100 individual columns, representing the 100-million years it takes for a rotational spin of a pulsar star.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Dash Detail
The Frozen Flow of Time gallery artwork. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has also deliberately removed the clock from this edition in the hope that from within the space they have created, “the outside world and all its pressures and demands are forgotten.”

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Side Rear View
A place with where time does not exist. Credit: Rolls-Royce

“The events of the past year have caused many people, not least our clients, to re-evaluate their sense of, and relationship with time. At a moment in history when so much in life seems ephemeral, our patrons are seeking solace in the unique timelessness, longevity and permanence offered by a Rolls-Royce motor car,” says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Side Door Detail
Starry light design across the door panels. Credit: Rolls-Royce

“As we all know, time never stands still, waits for no one. Hence, we manage it, guard it, account for it, weigh and measure it to its smallest fraction. With Phantom Tempus, we have created a space in which those structures no longer apply – as illustrated by the deliberate absence of a clock. Rolls-Royce clients are not bound by time; the outside world with all its pressures and demands are forgotten.”

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Interior
The Rolls-Royce clock has been deliberately left out of the design. Credit: Rolls-Royce

For the exterior of the new Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus, a new bespoke paint color known as “Kairos Blue” has been created especially for this model and includes mica flakes to make a slight sparkling effect that mimics the stars of the night sky.

Owners can also choose to personalize their vehicles one step further with a unique engraving on the Spirit of Ecstasy, choosing to remember a special date and location of significance to the client, a marriage, or a birthday.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Console

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