After Zonda and Huayra, Horacio Pagani, the Man of the Hypercars, unveils his third Artwork: Utopia, his new sports car that touches exceptionally high levels of exclusivity and refinement. Hand-designed and developed over six years in the production atelier in Modena, combining traditional handmade craftsmanship and innovative high-tech creativity. Behind every detail of Utopia appears an inimitable work of craftsmanship, an intense collective commitment and a unique motor vehicle lexicon; the Pagani is what automotive manufacturers should universally use as a benchmark.
The Name – Utopia is an amusing satire to express a visionary work in contrast to the trend, far from the meaning of electrified and connected cars. The dream supercar is, in fact, an atypical proposal, a contemporary return of a still mechanical car, an authentic rarity in a world where hypercars are becoming more and more electric. “The name can be regarded as something extremely beautiful distant and unattainable but also the opposite; everyone can provide his own interpretation to the supercar starting from the name, which is a concept, not just a name”, says Horacio Pagani. Utopia is, therefore, the name of contrasts; drawing on the literary tradition of Thomas More, it can be seen as a crystallized and momentarily inaccessible desire or a revolutionary aim of going against the stream.
Concept – In conceiving this new sports car, the Man of the Hypercars wanted to compare his ideas with those of his longtime customers. Simplicity, lightness and driving pleasure represent the fundamental demands. The successful project was guided by the suggestions of customers who wanted a few digital schemes and a textured layout. No electrification, no hybrid system, no battery, no extra weight. This is how the development of the C10 project continued to define the Pagani Utopia, which revolves around the king of engines, the engine par excellence: the V12. Without, however, adopting dual-clutch solutions for the gearbox, in favour of the purity of a manual transmission.
Aerodynamic Style – Horacio wants to anticipate the future by drawing on the past; Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings (always been a crucial figure for Pagani) capable of combining art and technique are his artistic inspiration. Timeless elegance and hedonistic impulse characterize the aerodynamic shapes. Its design language is breathtaking, it’s very extreme in its aerodynamics, but it also has this simplicity. The design of Utopia traces Pagani’s history and artistic maturation, from the Zonda with the sharp lines to the softness of the Huayra. Now, Horacio cuts any form of explicit appendix in the function of the softness of the lines. Like a journey enriched with this stage that he defines as the third act.
Pagani, Act III – The gaze on the body of the Utopia is guided by the two aerodynamic channels that start from the sides to the mobile rear wings. At the rear, the distinctive shape of the four titan exhaust terminals is a tribute to Leonardo da Vinci. The third project of the Italian Argentine manufacturer adds power, performance, and aerodynamics but, above all, an ideal of countertrend, anti-schematism. The gearbox is a transversal 7-speed AMT (automated manual transmission) also available in a pure manual version. At the same time, the 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine developed by Mercedes-Amg, a house that still gives it confidence today, without hybrid parts, is able to release 864 hp of power and 6000 rpm at 18 ° C, 1,100 Nm of torque for a 0-100 in 2 seconds and a speed limited to 350 km/h. The brake discs are carbon-ceramic with monolithic callipers inside 21-inch wheels in front and 22-inch behind Pirelli rubberized wheels. The doors of the Pagani Utopia open like the wings of a butterfly. An exceptionally hollowed-out hood uniquely designed around the need for pleasure.
Innovation – The new Pagani hypercar maintains the aerodynamic elements of the Huayra while enhancing them. The significant innovations are the materials’ lightness, the car’s dry weight and the manual gearbox. The efforts to lighten the engine, starting from the choice of composite materials in search of an aerodynamic shape, and the manual transmission, are the biggest wins they could have added. The key feature is, in fact, the lightness of the materials: the team worked to develop this goal without sacrificing style; the result is a sinuous machine where the aerodynamics are strictly efficient but not too precise. This preserves the extreme cleanliness and elegance of Utopia. The almost invisible design brings the car to 1,280 Kg. In addition, customers will have a choice of transmission, indispensable manual transmission, seven-speed transverse in two different versions AMT (automated manual transmission) or pure manual with electromechanical differential.
Partnership – The tyres were developed by Pirelli, while Brembo produced the carbon-ceramic discs. Searching for the highest technology and style enhancement are among the values that have fueled the collaboration between Pirelli and Pagani for over ten years. The master of contemporary motoring has asked Pirelli to develop larger wheels to help provide a sinuous line to the silhouette. The lines on the sides, in fact, show that the tires were created specifically for this supercar. To comply with the demands of the Hypercar atelier, Pirelli created a tyre that offers high performance in all driving conditions and, at the same time, offers comfort on board.
Only 99 – Not only for performances, but these hypercars are also masterpieces of meticulous care in every single detail. They are works of art on wheels and, as such, are unique pieces. Nothing is left to chance. The Pagani Utopia will be produced in 99 units, with a starting price… €3 million (plus taxes).
The definitive break with today’s trend of digital instrumentation, sometimes horribly impersonal, is a new path that combines art and technique. Horacio Pagani courageously proposes his Utopia as a result of engineering that creates added value, engineering that replaces computer processes with aesthetic and artistic ones.
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Article edit by Luigi Rossetti
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