How Horacio Pagani Saved the Lamborghini Countach
The 25th Anniversary Edition Countach was created mostly to keep Lamborghini alive until the much-delayed Diablo was ready. The task fell to a young Horacio Pagani.
BY MÁTÉ PETRÁNY
APR 30, 2019
Road & Track
According to former racing driver and Monaco-based supercar dealer Raul Marchisio, a Lamborghini Countach is made of 2048 parts, give or take. And thanks to the work of a young Horacio Pagani, some of those parts on the 1988-1991 25th Anniversary Edition cars were made of high-tech, lightweight composites.
You see, in April 1987, Chrysler bought Lamborghini. Chrysler bigwigs weren't satisfied with prototypes for Lamborghini's next car, the Marcello Gandini-designed Diablo concept of 1985. Detroit delayed the project, which angered Gandini so much, he adapted his original design and made the mysterious Cizeta-Moroder V16T. Meanwhile, Pagani had developed a composite Countach Evoluzione, showcasing the cutting edge of lightweight materials. Lamborghini decided to give the Countach a new body, interior and suspension system, without changing so much that it would require re-homologation.
The Countach might have debuted in 1974, but the 1988 body and aero package was all Pagani's creation, while the suspension was retuned by racing driver Sandro Munari, who knew how to get the most out of Pirelli's new P Zero tires. That meant this heavily upgraded 25th Anniversary Edition was so improved, it became the most popular variant, with 667 units sold before the Diablo took over.
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