The supercar automaker has invented a new material, the Pagani Fabric.

Pagani has teamed up with Italian motorcycle protective gear company Dainese to create an “innovative and sophisticated” soft top for the supercar maker roadster models. The roof is made of the so-called Pagani Fabric material, a combination of high elastic modulus carbon fiber components and technical fabric.

The creators explain that predetermined folding areas allow the fabric to follow the folds of the structure, just like origami, as the roof is closed. This solution ensures the durability of the fabric over time and minimizes the required storage space in the vehicle’s construction to the absolute minimum.

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“Creating the reserve soft top for the Huayra Roadster was a real technical challenge,” Horacio Pagani, chief designer, founder, and ideologist of Pagani Automobili, comments. “Our goal was to provide customers with a folding roof solution, one that takes up minimal space when stored in the car. The soft top was conceived as a lightweight, resistant tensostructure, in which every single element contributes to carrying out the overall function through tension.”

Jointly developed by the two Italian companies, the Pagani Fabric should offer both “a comfortable driving experience” and “a one-of-a-kind look,” while achieving flexibility and resistance at every single zone of the soft top. The technology will be showcased during the upcoming Geneva Motor Show next week, where a Pagani Fabric-fitted Huayra Roadster will be displayed. Eventually, it will be used for future open-top supercars from the marque.

Pagani Huayra Roadster with Pagani Fabric roof
Pagani Huayra Roadster with Pagani Fabric roof

“Innovation is in Dainese's DNA and the development of highly sophisticated technical solutions is the direct consequence of this,” Cristiano Silei, Dainese Group CEO, adds. “To give life to something valuable, and to do so in collaboration with a prestigious brand like Pagani Automobili, makes us proud yet again.”

The last time Pagani cooperated with an Italian company was in December last year, when we saw the one-off Huayra Lampo. It is a retro-influenced supercar, drawing inspiration from the remarkable 1954 Fiat Turbina concept.

Source: Dainese

Pagani Huayra Roadster with Pagani Fabric roof

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DAINESE AND PAGANI AUTOMOBILI DEVELOP SOPHISTICATED MATERIALS FOR NEW HUAYRA ROADSTER SOFT TOP

The innovative and sophisticated new soft top material is designed for Pagani's Roadster models

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 — Dainese (www.Dainese.com) - the world leader in the motorcycle protective gear category - has announced a new collaboration with Italian car manufacturer Pagani Automobili. The two Italian brands have created an innovative and sophisticated new soft top with a material called the 'Pagani Fabric' designed for Pagani's Roadster models. 

Dainese made its research and development department available to the Modena-based manufacturer, with the aim of identifying and creating the best possible materials for the fabric and structural parts to create a sophisticated technical solution for cars such as the Pagani Huayra Roadster.

Inspired by the first flying machines designed by Da Vinci, the Ornitottero, and by certain well-known, contemporary architectonic and engineering works, the soft top is a combination of High Elastic Modulus Carbon Fiber components developed by Pagani and technical fabric developed by Dainese.

“Innovation is in Dainese's DNA and the development of highly sophisticated technical solutions is the direct consequence of this,” says Cristiano Silei, Dainese Group CEO. “To give life to something valuable, and to do so in collaboration with a prestigious brand like Pagani Automobili, makes us proud yet again.”

The 'Pagani Fabric' and the structure are the result of a joint development by Dainese and Pagani. The two firms worked together to achieve absolute perfection, on both a technical and aesthetic level. Dainese's extensive know-how in the world of technical fabrics enabled the creation of an innovative material made up of different layers of refined material and waterproofed using technology specially developed by the Vicenza-based firm's R&D department. The aim was to achieve the right balance between flexibility and resistance across every single zone. 

As the soft top is closed, predetermined folding areas allow the fabric to follow the folds of the structure like origami. This system ensures the durability of the fabric over time and reduces the amount of storage space needed in the car to a minimum. The soft top equipped on the Huayra Roadster offers both a comfortable driving experience and a one-of-a-kind look.

“Creating the reserve soft top for the Huayra Roadster was a real technical challenge,” confirms Horacio Pagani, Chief Designer at Pagani Automobili. “Our goal was to provide customers with a folding roof solution, one that takes up minimal space when stored in the car. The soft top was conceived as a lightweight, resistant tensostructure, in which every single element contributes to carrying out the overall function through tension.” 

The new soft top Pagani Huayra Roadster will debut at the Gevenia International Motor Show on March 8th.