During our visit to the Pagani Museum in December 2019, we stumbled upon a camouflaged car that had us wondering. With the announcement of the Imola, it’s likely that’s what we saw. The Imola is a limited edition hypercar that was named after the legendary racetrack on which it was fine-tuned. Only five cars of this model have been produced and it goes without saying that all have been sold.
The Imola underwent over 16,000km of track testing. To put that in perspective, that amounts to approximately three 24 Hours of Le Mans races.
The Imola is powered by a Mercedes Benz AMG V12 5.98-liter engine that generates 827 hp and 1100 Nm of torque. In the transmission department, the car comes with a 7-speed automated manual gearbox that is fitted with an electromechanical differential. The transmission transfers all of the engine’s power to the rear wheels.
One of the most impressive aspects of this car is the aerodynamics. Pagani wanted to make a car that felt and drove just like an F1 car and as such had to come up with designs that would put aerodynamics at the forefront. As a result, Pagani managed to produce a car that is not only very fast but also very stable on the road.
However, the Imola’s advanced aerodynamic design is also important for safety. For instance, designers lowered the ground clearance to boost the downforce effect by utilizing the flat bottom of the Hypercar. Also added to the car is an active aerodynamics system that adjusts the car’s winglets according to existing road conditions and also when braking.
Suspension and Braking System
The Imola’s suspension comprises of independent double wishbones, helical springs, and electronically controlled shock absorbers. The shock absorber system is connected to the Central Unit that is responsible for active aerodynamic control, gearshift control, and differential control.
With the incorporation of the SMART GAS system, Pagani was able to reduce shift time while enhancing the driving experience. The Imola comes fitted with Brembo 4 ventilated carbon-ceramic discs with 6-piston monolithic calipers installed on the front wheels and 4-piston monolithic calipers installed on the rear wheels.