Horacio Pagani is the founder of Pagani Automobili, the company responsible for both the Zonda and Huayra supercars. Born in Argentina in 1955, he studied Industrial Design at the University of La Plata and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rosario. During the last half of the 1970s and early part of the 1980s he worked on various projects, including furniture design, motor-home and camper design and construction, and a home-built single-seat F2 racecar.
In 1983 Pagani moved to Italy, and by 1984 he was working with Lamborghini on the design and engineering of various versions of the Countach and Diablo. He was also involved with the Lamborghini Formula 1 project from 1988 to 1993. While at Lamborghini he tried to convince the company to buy an autoclave so that they could produce their own composite parts in house. When they refused he bought his own, and in 1991 founded Modena Design, a company specializing in the design and construction of composite components.