Swiss Police Seize $7.3 Million Pagani Hypercar


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The wealthy owner may face fines of hundreds of thousands of dollars as Switzerland uniquely calculates traffic fines based on income...

Imagine spending over $7 million on one of the rarest hypercars in the world only to find it seized by the police for a ridiculously small offense. But that's how Swiss cops roll, not caring whether you're driving a Fiat Panda or an uber-expensive Pagani. A recent viral video on Instagram showed an ultra-rare Pagani Huayra Codalunga worth $7.3 million being stopped and ultimately impounded by the police in Switzerland. The video was shot by automotive photographer Freddie Atkins, who happened to be there to capture the whole event. The cops even asked him not to take photos. "Lucky I was filming!" wrote the photographer in the caption of the video he uploaded on Instagram.

In the video, the long-tail Huayra can be seen accompanied by a Ferrari Testarossa, carrying skis on its roof, which also stopped alongside the hypercar. At the end of the clip, the Pagani drives off along with a silver Toyota Corolla Touring Sports, which reportedly was an unmarked police vehicle. There’s no official information on why the cops stopped the Codalunga and then impounded it. However, people shared their 2 cents in the comments section, trying to guess the probable reason. "Most probably, it did not have winter tires!" one person wrote. It likely isn't the reason because it's not legally compulsory to drive on winter tires in Switzerland.

Another person quipped that the hypercar must have been driving 1 kph (0.6 mph) over the speed limit, while someone who hails from the area where the incident happened said that the loud exhaust might be the reason as there are noise restrictions in the area. But we believe the hypercar was stopped because it didn’t have a front registration plate. The Italy-registered hypercar can be seen with a sticker with the registration number on the front splitter. Some people in the comments even claimed that Codalunga belongs to none other than Horacio Pagani, the company’s founder. While we can’t confirm the details, according to the Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Switzerland, like some Nordic countries, issues fines based on the offender’s earnings. A few years ago, a wealthy motorist was fined a whopping 1.08 million CHF ($1.2 million) by a Swiss court. Therefore, irrespective of who owns the Pagani, they might be facing a massive fine.

Pagani Huayra Codalunga is a special edition variant of the Pagani Huayra that was unveiled in 2022 as a bespoke model tailored to the preferences of a specific client. "Codalunga" means "long tail" in Italian, which points to the extended rear section compared to the standard Huayra. It was designed as a tribute to the Le Mans racing cars of the 1960s, especially the Porsche 917, which happens to be Horacio Pagani's favorite. It is powered by an AMG-sourced 6.0-liter V12 engine, which can produce 840 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 230 mph. The hypercar is limited to just five examples. Prices started at $7.3 million, with all five units being sold before its unveiling.

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