One of the most viewed and photographed sports supercars on exhibit in the gardens of the Villa Schiarino Lena, Porto Mantovano for the 19th Autostyle+ Design Edition 2022 was the marine blue Pagani Huayra Codalunga, a subject matter and highlights of the day-long seminar.
Lorenzo Kerkoc, Head of Pagani Grandi Complicazioni was joined on stage by colleague Mattia Gessi to present a timeline profile of recent models developed by last independently owned Italian supercar brand.
With passion Lorenzo described the evolution of the original Zonda family, such as the HP & Revo barchettas, and the bespoke Imola model, from 2017, 2019 & 2020 respectivey.
He then progressed to the Zonda successor, the Huayra (named after the Incan God of Wind), featuring the Tricolore (2020), the NC and aforementioned Codalunga (2022).
When it comes to design and styling on the latter, Lorenzo referred to the ingenious works and drawings of the great Leonarde Da Vinci and admired the slick shapes of legendary race cars such as the Porsche 906 LH and the Ferrari 312p from the 1960s.
Just as the Codalunga impresses from the exterior in this way, so too does the interior reflect on the bygone era with its unique premium design, with extensive use of quality leather plus various shinny metal elements on the dash area and central consol.
Then there’s the all-powerful drivetrain with its 6.0-litre V12, supplied by Mercedes-Benz AMG, that sports 840 PS and 1,100 Nm of torque.
While observing the on-lookers of this car at the Autostyle event, it was interesting to see that it appealed to all generations.
Net on the agenda was the description of the new Pagani hypercar, the vehicle that writes the third chapter in the Modena-based brand’s history – the Pagani Utopia. Its styling traits stem from iconic scooters, cars and historical architecture such as the Vespa, Volkswagen Beetle, Porsche 911 and the Roman Colosseum. Looking just as streamlined than that of its older siblings, the Utopia is more aerodynamically efficient.
It was officially launched at Italy’s National Science & Technology Museum in central Milan in the splendid setting of the Sala del Cenacolo refectory hall, surrounded by original studies on air drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. The theme of the launch and ongoing exhibition was therefore “The shape of air: from Leonardo to Pagani Utopia”.
Visitors will be able to trace the genesis of the Pagani Utopia project on a series of special panels: from the sources of inspiration to the first sketches of the car, the colour palette and the materials used, condensed in a three-dimensional mood-board. A close-up look at the new Pagani Utopia Hypercar is also provided. From the outside, a body with soft, elegant lines built in hi-tech composite materials; inside, the powerful heart of the Pagani V12 engine.
Details of launch and exhibition in brief:
World premiere of Pagani’s new Hypercar in the splendid setting of the Museum’s Sala del Cenacolo
Six original drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, loaned on an exceptional basis by the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, provide the backdrop for the Pagani Utopia
For the unveiling, a special exhibition “The shape of air: from Leonardo to Pagani Utopia” scientifically curated by Pietro C. Marani, author of numerous publications on the artist. A dual exploration of the Italian polymath’s studies on air and the genesis of the Pagani Utopia
A common element: the close connection between Art and Science, the Leonardian principle that inspires the philosophy of Horacio Pagani, Pagani Automobili Founder & Chief Designer