The new Pagani Imola is limited to a production of five examples, with each priced at five million euros and all having sold already.
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.”
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 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.”
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.
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