Italian Pagani almost shocked the world when they launched the Zonda super sports car in 1999.
Since then, the Italians have built on their passion for delivering world-class cars – with a special focus on design and an “extraordinary” and dynamic driving experience.
For Pagani, the V12 engine, which Mercedes supplied incidentally, was an important part of her identity.
Like the rest of the world, the issue of electricity was naturally on the management table in Pagani.
Don’t believe in the electric future
In 2018, a team at Pagani was tasked with looking into the company’s possibilities to produce electric cars.
Now, after four years of study, Pagani CEO Horacio Pagani is clear: He does not see any future for Pagani with an electric motor.
– Four years later, we haven’t found any interest in electric operation in the super sports car market, Pagani tells Britain Fitness Trainer.
He adds that the electrification of the world’s supercars would not have any particular climate benefit:
90 percent of the world’s energy is generated in a non-renewable way, so it would be foolish to think that some of these super sports cars would have any significant impact on the climate, he says.
Electric cars are very heavy
Horacio Pagani has several objections to electric cars. Among other things, it is believed that supercars will be very heavy.
Pagani’s studies show they have to install a 600kg battery – to achieve performance equivalent to today’s petrol models.
It actually corresponds to more than half of today’s Huayra R, which has a total weight of 1,050 kg. By the way, the car has a 6-liter V12 engine with 850 horsepower and 750 Nm of torque.
It does not give the same feeling
In addition to the extra weight, Pagani thinks the electric model won’t provide the same driving feel as the gasoline-powered version.
According to the CEO, Pagani does not want to offer exclusively fierce performances. He believes that cars should “give feelings to the driver”.
The challenge is to build an electric car that feels as good as an ICE (internal combustion engine), Pagani tells Autocar.
So time will tell if Pagani will hesitate to use the petrol engine or will eventually have to eat what looks like a slightly sour electric car apple…
This issue was first published in broom.
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