First announced in September last year, Italian supercar maker Pagani has finally unveiled its long-awaited Imola hypercar along with its jaw-dropping specs. Named after the racetrack on which it was modeled and fine-tuned, the new Pagani Imola is a roadworthy Hypercar with a wholly racing temperament that embodies the maximum expression of Pagani Automobili’s track technology.
With a limited edition of only five examples built, the Pagani Imola has gone through the severest on-track validation test ever applied to a Pagani car. In addition to the regular and already scrupulous validation process, in fact, Imola has covered over 16,000 km on the track at racing speed – the equivalent to about three times the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Pagani Imola uses the active aerodynamics system introduced by the Huayra, the first road vehicle ever to be equipped with this technology. This means that each of the four mobile winglets behaves according to the driving circumstances in a dynamic and immediate way and even when braking, by generating an aerodynamic braking action. The suspension geometry has been newly designed to transfer the power and lively 1100 Nm torque to the ground, reduce the dive effect and sway when braking. So much so, the driver can take a corner by braking at the last thousandth of a second.
The front suspension is able to vary the ride height in a smart and automatic way. It dialogues with the Central Unit , which handles active aerodynamic control as well as controlling the engine, differential and gearshift functions. Introduction of the SMART GAS system reduces the shift time and enhances the racing character of the Imola, while driving pleasure is ensured thanks to active dumpers.
As always, Pagani Automobili is strongly committed to research into advanced composite materials. The new formula of the Carbo-Titanium HP62 G2 and Carbo-Triax HP62, developed for the ultra-reinforced central monocoque of the Pagani Imola and Roadster BC, was created to reduce weight while increasing torsional and bending stiffness.
Pagani Imola takes the fanatical attention to weight-saving to new heights, with the introduction of Acquarello Light, a new bespoke painting system that represents a further evolution of Pagani’s advanced state of the art, allowing to reduce the weight of the paint by 5 kg while maintaining color richness, depth and shine unchanged.
The extreme research for weight saving conducted by Pagani over the years has led to the increasingly extensive use of noble alloys, such as those of aluminum, titanium and chrome-molybdenum steel, allowing a general optimization in terms of mechanical properties and lightness and a greater aesthetic experimentation. On the new born Pagani Imola the effort involved more than 770 forged or CNC-machined components, this time featuring the newly developed texture-look finish specifically applied to the aluminum alloy parts.
The innovative braking system built by Brembo has been optimized, through intensive aerodynamic study and countless dedicated tests, to further improve the entire cooling system.
“The Pagani Imola was designed and bespokely developed to become a natural extension of its owner. So, we wanted our customers to be astonished and thrilled, but also actively involved in the making process,” says Horacio Pagani, Founder and Chief Designer of Pagani Automobili. “Customer involvement was very much a part of the Pagani Imola project. We wanted to amaze and, fascinated by our ideas and solutions, our customers decided to join the team and acted as test drivers, so to speak. I will never forget the day we consigned one of the cars to its owner, and how he smiled. Despite the fact that it was the first time he had driven his Imola on a race track, he built up his confidence lap by lap, pushing it like a professional racing driver. As he stepped out of the car, he told me that he had never imagined it would be so easy to drive.”