We met Horacio Pagani at the Pagani stand at the Geneva Motor Show with the brand-new Pagani Huayra Roadster, that in his words is “an extremely ambitious project to make a supercar weighing 80 kilograms less than the Huayra Coupé by exploiting technological work focusing on the use of new composite materials”.
Pirelli Connesso and the Pirelli coloured tyre range also made their appearance at the Motor Show. We spoke about this and more with the founder of the auto maker based in San Cesario sul Panaro.
Horacio, the new Huayra fits the new P Zero Colour Edition and this Motor Show is packed with news. What do you think?
“You used to be able to buy tyres with a white stripe. Having the possibility for this new customisation now that everyone is seeking exclusivity is simply fantastic. Pirelli tyres are the compendium of premium technology and the colour is a touch of style that complements the whole”.
The other issue that Pirelli and car makers are focusing on is the connection to the road. How important is it to "feel" the road when you are driving?
“It is crucial. The car must be engineered to dialogue with the driver. When you grip the wheel, you need to feel what the wheel is doing and the work done by Pirelli is crucial: the tyres must help to convey feedback to the driver. The work of the car engineers ends at the rim. From the rim to the tarmac is Pirelli's job, and they do it well”.
What does being connected mean for you in your daily life?
“It means keeping your feet on the ground. Setting your imagination free is fundamental, but there comes a time that your feet must rest on the ground to make good decisions, and that is when you need good grip. Dreams, research and curiosity make you understand that the moment you are experiencing is marvellous but that the future can be even better if you apply precision and discipline”.
How do you remain connected to the road as a businessman?
“This is the toughest thing: you need a good sense of responsibility. In Pagani, we foster team work, encouraging everyone to come forward with their ideas because everyone needs imagination and ingenuity. Our goal is to communicate so that the company gears turn smoothly”.
Do you have habit to keep “connected”?
“From the point of view of method, being pragmatic is the key. The strategy I have adopted is to imagine my life as a big block of flats: when a close a door, I leave that matter it behind and can step into another flat with a smile on my face and a refreshed spirit.
With regards to the creative part, I find music is very inspiring and I take moments during the day to close my eyes and visualise what we are going to make".