Pagani Automobili S.p.A. is an Italian manufacturer of sports cars and carbon fibre. The company was founded in 1992 by the Italian Argentinian Horacio Pagani, and is based in San Cesario sul Panaro, near Modena, Italy.
Horacio Pagani, who formerly managed Lamborghini's composites, founded Pagani Composite Research in 1988. This new company worked with Lamborghini on numerous projects, including the restyling of the 25th Anniversary Countach, the Lamborghini LM002, the P140 design concept and the Diablo.
In the late 1980s, Pagani began designing his own car, then referred to as the "C8 Project". The final car was named the Zonda C12 and was first presented at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show.