—Horacio Pagani’s fondest dream – to build
his own supercar – started to turn into reality in 1988
– when the draft drawings of the “C8 Project”
shown for the first time to Fangio. The car was
to be named Fangio F1 after Fangio as a tribute
to the great champion and showed the respect
that Pagani felt for him.
In 1992, Pagani began to construct a prototype
and the first model was tested in the Dallara wind
tunnel in 1993. The positive results obtained
marked the beginning of a long period of design
and definition of the construction details.
At this point Fangio introduced Pagani to Mercedes,
the company to which he was linked by his series
of historic Formula 1 victories. Mercedes could
foresee that the project was worthwhile and,
in 1994, officially agreed to supply its powerful
After four more years of hard work, Pagani
obtained type approval of the coupé open version
of the C8 Project and the first Zonda C12 was
presented in the 1999 Geneva Motor Show.
Juan Manuel Fangio is no longer with us and
Pagani has changed the name of his car to Zonda,
the name of the wind that blows in the Andes,
out of modesty and respect for the great man.
The car draws its inspiration from the Mercedes
Group C Silver Arrows.