Italy is world renowned for its passionate supercars launched by Ferrari, Lamborghini or Maserati, among others. However, in Italian lands one of the most exclusive car companies in the world was also born and in which the car is directly considered an art article. Said company is Pagani, which, after making for the last four years a feasibility study on electric vehiclesthis project has been scrapped entirely, at least for now.
It has been the CEO and founder of the company, Horacio Pagani, who has confirmed in recent statements to the media Coach his approach to this booming sector. The manager has been very opposed to the current electric models because it thinks they are too heavy, that they lack emotion in their driving and that most of the energy supplied by their engines is not produced in a sustainable way, something that immediately eliminates the consideration of “sustainable vehicles”.
Additionally, Horacio thinks that in his particular case, where only a small number of units are sold per year, this has practically no effect on the damage to the sustainability of the environment, since its impact is negligible. Even more so when their owners, in general, are collectors who only drive a few kilometers a year on their sports cars.
In 2018 the company created a team of specialists who would work on the possible launch of an electric supercar, focusing on a possible global homologation of the model (particularly for the US market); nevertheless, “in four years, we never found interest in the supercar market for an electric model”assured the founder.
Horacio Pagani was very opposed to electric cars in general, although during his interview he assured that he owns a Tesla and confesses that “it is not necessary to have such high performance in electric cars. It is excessive”. The founder affirms that his vision of an electric vehicle is that it not only offers good performance, but also promotes the emotion of driving its occupants, something that, for the moment, he believes is far from being achieved.
During the four years of study carried out by the brand, they concluded that in order to achieve the expected performance and specifications, They should house a battery weighing 600 kilos, something that represents half the total weight of a Pagani Huayra R (1,070 kilos). “The ideal would be to make a light car, around 1,300 kilos, but this is currently impossible.” In fact, its biggest partner is Mercedes-Benz, which supplies the V12 engine that it installs in its exclusive supercars, so it could have access to the electric technology that the German firm already has.
With these statements, Pagani does not close the door to the possibility of launching an electric supercar in the coming years, but the first condition that should be met is that the final weight of the model is low. One of the firm’s dogmas is that its cars must be easy to drive on a day-to-day basis and, even so, be “mad machines” on the circuit; in short, “that they are not stressful for their drivers”, something that he believes is only within the reach of traditional mechanics. Currently the company manufactures around one car a week and the delivery time for a model is around three years.