MOST car makers only allow their own cars to be parked in front of HQ, and most car company bosses studiously avoid even mentioning the competition. But not Pagani.
Horacio’s parking space outside his new factory is as likely to be occupied by his Porsche 918 or his Ferrari TdF or his Ford GT as by a Pagani. And he doesn’t conceal his lifelong enthusiasm for the other supercar makers just because he now competes with them.
“Porsche is the reference point when it comes to sportscars. It is the sportscar maker. Ferrari is iconic, incredible, legendary.
But at the technical and engineering level, Porsche is the greatest. Beyond doubt. I own a 918. I bought it because I like Porsche GT cars, even though I don’t like hybrids. But if you buy a car like that it’s not a rational choice. Why did I buy it? Because I love it, full stop.
During the final tests for the Huayra BC at Imola we tested it against a 918. We said, “Which car is the standard that others are held up to now? Which hypercar of the last few years has the best performance?” We all agreed that it was the 918.’
‘My Tour de France arrived recently. I drove it with a client a bit, and it started to sing. It sounded like Whitney Houston, it sang like Pavarotti, endless long notes (sings). It gives you goosebumps, it’s incredible.
When I uncovered the car and I saw the Ferrari logo I had the urge to kiss it. Even telling the story now makes me emotional. It really hit me.
‘I drove them mad when I was ordering it, killed them, but they were excellent with me. Obviously if you make 7000 cars a year you can’t work personally with the clients like we do with our 40 clients. I got my wife, children and colleagues involved in the personalisation of the car, especially the design team. We did it the same way we did the Huayra. It was wonderful.’
‘I like the fact AMG is making a car with F1 technology. I will buy one. Mercedes has been incredible in its use of this technology, and it has shown that by winning F1. I think it’s fantastic that it is producing a supercar with that technology.
Do you understand? I think it’s fantastic.’
‘I was the first to order it in Europe. In my view designer who created that car has very good little hands. I think it’s one of the most beautiful supercars of the last 20 years; one of the most original of the rder ew the ted ood t s e last 20 years. Have you driven one yet? Perhaps the engine is a bit on the small side.’
‘The McLaren building is truly incredible, fantastic, one of the most amazing factories I have ever seen. I have been twice to visit. The details are incredible.
Ron Dennis was there to welcome me the first time, and then I spent an entire day there with Frank Stephenson, who is a lovely guy. I promise you, if the P1 hadn’t been hybrid and therefore weighed 1400- 1500kg, I would have bought one.’