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Pagani Zonda
Pagani Zonda Cinque 1 of 5.JPG
AssemblyModena, Italy
DesignerHoracio Pagani
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style2-door berlinetta
2-door roadster
2-door barchetta
LayoutRear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Engine6.0 L M120 V12
6.9 – 7.3 L M297 V12
Transmission5-speed manual
6-speed manual
6-speed sequential
Wheelbase2,730 mm (107.5 in)
Length4,395–4,435 mm (173.0–174.6 in)
Width2,055 mm (80.9 in)
Height1,151–1,141 mm (45.3–44.9 in)
Curb weightDry weight:
1,210–1,280 kg (2,668–2,822 lb)[2][3]
SuccessorPagani Huayra

The Pagani Zonda is a mid-engined sports car built by the Italian manufacturer Pagani. It debuted in 1999, and production ended in 2017 with the Zonda HP Barchetta and other commemorative special editions being produced until the same year. By June 2009, 135 Zondas had been built, including development mules. Both 2-door coupé and roadster variants have been produced along with a third new variant being the barchetta. Construction is mainly of carbon fibre.

The Zonda was originally to be named the "Fangio F1" after Formula One champion Juan Manuel Fangio, but, following his death in 1995, it was renamed for the Zonda wind, a regional term for an air current above Argentina.[4]


Zonda C12[edit]

The Zonda C12[5] debuted in 1999 at the Geneva Motor Show. It was powered by a 6.0 L (366 cu in) Mercedes-Benz V12 engine (M120) producing 460 PS (340 kW; 450 hp) at 5200 rpm and 640 N⋅m (472 lb⋅ft) at 4200 rpm mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. The C12 could accelerate to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.0 seconds and to 100 mph (160 km/h) in 9.2 seconds.

Just five of the original 6.0 L Paganis were built, though it was still available in 2002 when the C12 S debuted. One was used for crash testing, while another was a demonstrator and show car. The remainder were delivered to customers during the next three years. A woman from Switzerland is confirmed to own the last remaining Zonda C12, rejecting the offer from Pagani himself to redeem the car for historical reasons.[6]

Zonda S[edit]

Pagani Zonda S

The Zonda S[7] uses a 7.0 L (427 cu in) AMG–tuned version of the engine producing 550 PS (400 kW; 540 hp). It can accelerate to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.7 secs, to 100 mph (160 km/h) in 7.5 secs and complete the quarter mile in 11.3 secs. Lateral acceleration on the skidpad is 1.18 g (11.6 m/s²), it can reach a top speed of 208 mph (335 km/h), and carries a price tag of US$500,000.

The Zonda S features an elongated nose, flaps at the rear for improved aerodynamics, and new light clusters and exhausts. Only fifteen 7.0 L Zonda S cars were produced.

Zonda S 7.3[edit]

Pagani Zonda S 7.3

The Zonda S 7.3 [8] of 2002 used a new, larger naturally aspirated V12 engine displacing 7,291 cc (7.3 L; 444.9 cu in) designed and manufactured by Mercedes-Benz AMG producing 555 PS (547 hp; 408 kW) at 5900 rpm and 750 N⋅m (553 lb⋅ft) at 4050 rpm of torque [9]. And to better handle the power, traction control and ABS were made standard. Performance claims were unchanged from the Zonda S. On the Autobahn, the car topped out at 198 mph (319 km/h), 10 mph (16 km/h) off the mark of its claimed top speed of 208 mph (335 km/h). Company representatives at Pagani's factory claimed this was the result of the car being in the setting for maximum down force, something that would drop its top speed to around 200 mph (320 km/h). However, the EVO article claimed that aerodynamic parts, specifically ones that created drag, were removed during the run, bringing Pagani's claims into question.

Zonda Roadster[edit]

Pagani Zonda S 7.3 Roadster

In 2003 Pagani presented the Zonda Roadster,[10] a roadster version of the Zonda S 7.3. Carrying the same components as the coupé, Pagani promised no loss of performance, a claim supported by the minimal weight gain of 30 kilograms (66 lb). A total of 40 roadsters were produced.[11]

Zonda F[edit]

Pagani Zonda F

The Zonda F[12] (or Zonda Fangio - named after Formula One driver Juan Manuel Fangio) debuted at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. It was the most extensive re-engineering of the Zonda yet, though it shared much with its predecessors including the 7.3 L AMG V12 engine which through enhanced intake manifolds, exhaust and a revised ECU now produced 602 PS (443 kW; 594 hp) at 6150 rpm and 760 N⋅m (561 lb⋅ft) at 4000 rpm.

Production of the Zonda F was limited to 25 cars. It came equipped with an extra headlight and different fog lights at the sides, new bodywork (revised front end, new rear spoiler, more aerodynamic vents all around) that improved the car's aerodynamics, and different side mirrors. Further enhancements over the "S" centered on optional carbon/ceramic brakes developed in conjunction with Brembo, alloy wheels, Inconel exhaust system, hydroformed aluminum intake plenum, and a redesigned "Z preg" weave in the crash structure to improve rigidity and reduce weight.

Zonda Roadster F[edit]

Pagani Zonda Roadster F

The Zonda Roadster F[13] debuted at the 2006 Geneva auto show. It was similar to the coupé, but with a removable carbon fibre roof and canvas side curtains, weighing just 5 kilograms (11 lb) more than the coupe, and output increased to 650 PS (480 kW; 640 hp) and 780 N⋅m (575 lb⋅ft). Production of the Roadster F was limited to 25 units. The Roadster F maintained chassis rigidity without any gain in curb weight, eschewing conventional thinking by not strengthening the sills, a process which would have needed more than 35 kilograms (77 lb) of reinforcement. Pagani instead used racing car thinking, materials, and construction techniques, strengthening the firewall structure of the chassis tub together with billet alloy braces that connected the points where the roof rails would have joined. The windscreen was also strengthened for safety reasons. These techniques enabled the Roadster to have virtually the same weight as the coupé, 1,230 kilograms (2,710 lb).[14]

Pagani Zonda Roadster F Clubsport

The Zonda Roadster F Clubsport is a light weight version of the Zonda Roadster F. It has an extensive use of the new carbo-titanium material developed Pagani as well as having an upgraded engine. It was tested by Top Gear's The Stig and James May and achieved a lap time around their test track of 1:17.8, beating the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 tested during the same episode, but lost in a quarter mile drag race against the Veyron by nearly 2.5 seconds.[15] According to James May, the Zonda F Roadster costs £825,000. German racing driver Marc Basseng managed to lap the Zonda F Clubsport around the 20.8 kilometres (12.9 mi) Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7:24.7.[16]

Zonda Cinque[edit]

Pagani Zonda Cinque

The Zonda Cinque[17] (Italian for five) was meant to be the last iteration of the Zonda, being a road going version of the Zonda R. Only five were built — hence the name — and sold for £1 million ($2,193,070), with deliveries set to June 2009 for all five cars.

The differences from other road-going Zondas were the new 6-speed sequential gearbox, resulting in shifts taking less than 100 milliseconds, dropping 0–62 mph down to 3.4 seconds. The Cinque also had a revised form of carbon fibre called "carbo-titanium" which incorporated titanium to increase strength and rigidity. The suspension used magnesium and titanium components, and the 7.3L-engine's power and torque were increased to 678 PS (499 kW; 669 hp) and 780 N⋅m (575 lb⋅ft). Revised bodywork, which included a longer front splitter, new sideskirts, rear diffuser, bumper canards, and a flatter underside as well as a roof-mounted air intake scoop, enabled the Cinque to create 750 kg (1,653 lb) of down-force at 355 km/h (221 mph) and 1.45 G of cornering force.

Zonda Cinque Roadster[edit]

Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster

The Zonda Cinque Roadster[18] had the same specs as the Coupé from which it was derived. Only five units were built, with a price of £1.3-million/US$2 million, plus local taxes.[19]

Zonda Tricolore[edit]

Pagani Zonda Tricolore

The Zonda Tricolore,[20] was originally conceived as a one-off; there were actually three Tricolores built. It was built as a tribute to the Frecce Tricolori, Italy's aerobatic team. It carried much of the body from the Zonda Cinque. The car was unpainted except for a clear blue lacquer, and red, white, and green stripes from the nose along the top of the car's surface. Unique to this car was a small wing placed behind the cockpit which reflected the tail wing of Frecce Tricolori's Aermacchi MB-339 PAN stunt plane. The three Tricolores were priced at £1.2 million. It was also 6 mph (9.7 km/h) faster than a standard Zonda at 220 mph (350 km/h).

Zonda HP Barchetta[edit]

Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta

The Zonda HP Barchetta was unveiled at the 2017 Pebble beach Concours d'Elegance as a present to the company's founder, Horacio Pagani for his 60th birthday as well as to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the Zonda. It has unique exterior design cues which makes it different from other Zondas produced with the most distinguishable features being the barchetta body style and rear wheel covers inspired by group C race cars, making it the first Pagani to ever use this styling. It also has a rear spoiler, air intakes and rear lights taken from the 760 series cars. Power comes courtesy of the 7.3 L (445 cu in) Mercedes-Benz V12 engine engine producing 800 PS (590 kW; 790 hp) and 850 N⋅m (627 lb⋅ft) of torque making it the most powerful road legal Zonda ever produced. It borrows its seats and suspension from the Huayra BC along with its power output being identical to the BC with the only difference being that the BC has a Bi-turbo engine while the HP Barchetta is naturally aspirated. The wheels of the car also have different colour inlays with the wheels at the left having gold and the wheels at the right having blue inlays. Production is limited to just 3 units with one unit retained for Horacio Pagani's personal collection and the other two costing US$15M. [21]. The Zonda HP Barchetta marks an end to the Zonda's production run. The 760 series cars and other special edition Zondas can still be commissioned upon customer request. [22] [23]

Model Year Displacement Peak power Peak torque Top speed Accel.
0–100 km/h
Zonda C12 1999 5,987 cc (365.3 cu in) 450 PS (331 kW; 444 hp) at 5200 rpm 590 N⋅m (435 lb⋅ft) at 3900 rpm 298 km/h (185 mph) 4.2 s
Zonda C12-S 2000 7,010 cc (427.8 cu in) 550 PS (405 kW; 542 hp) at 5500 rpm 750 N⋅m (553 lb⋅ft) at 4100 rpm 335 km/h (208 mph) 3.7 s
Zonda GR 2003 600 PS (441 kW; 592 hp) at 5800 rpm 786 N⋅m (580 lb⋅ft) at 4300 rpm 3.3 s
Zonda S
Zonda Roadster
7,291 cc (444.9 cu in) 555 PS (408 kW; 547 hp) at 5900 rpm 750 N⋅m (553 lb⋅ft) at 4050 rpm 335 km/h (208 mph) 3.7 s
Zonda F 2005 602 PS (443 kW; 594 hp) at 6150 rpm 760 N⋅m (561 lb⋅ft) at 4000 rpm 345 km/h (214 mph) 3.6 s
Zonda F Clubsport
Zonda Roadster F
2006 650 PS (478 kW; 641 hp) at 6200 rpm 780 N⋅m (575 lb⋅ft) at 4000 rpm 350 km/h (217 mph) 3.4 s
Zonda Cinque
Zonda Cinque Roadster
2009 678 PS (499 kW; 669 hp) at 6200 rpm 780 N⋅m (575 lb⋅ft) at 4000 rpm 350 km/h (217 mph) 3.4 s
Zonda Tricolore 2010 670 PS (493 kW; 661 hp) at 6150 rpm 780 N⋅m (575 lb⋅ft) at 4000 rpm 350 km/h (217 mph) 3.4 s
Zonda 760 series 760 PS (559 kW; 750 hp) at 8000 rpm 780 N⋅m (575 lb⋅ft) at 4500 rpm 350 km/h (217 mph) 2.6 s
Zonda HP Barchetta 2017 800 PS (588 kW; 789 hp) 850 N⋅m (627 lb⋅ft)
Zonda R 2009 5,987 cc (365.3 cu in) 750 PS (552 kW; 740 hp) at 7500 rpm 710 N⋅m (524 lb⋅ft) at 5700 rpm over 350 km/h (217 mph) 2.7 s
Zonda R Evolución 2012 800 PS (588 kW; 789 hp) at 8000 rpm 730 N⋅m (538 lb⋅ft) at 5800 rpm 2.7 s
Zonda Revolución 2013 800 PS (588 kW; 789 hp) at 8000 rpm 730 N⋅m (538 lb⋅ft) at 5800 rpm over 350 km/h (217 mph) 2.6 s

Special editions[edit]


Pagani Zonda Monza

The Zonda Monza shown at the 2004 Paris Motor Show is a track-day version of the Zonda built for King Moka. Borrowing its appearance cues from the Zonda GR, the Monza included a dry sump version of the Zonda S 7.3 engine tuned to 600 PS (441 kW; 592 hp) and had improved cooling. Modified aerodynamics, including a different wing and front diffuser, allowed greater speed, as did optimized gearing. The car was lighter and fitted with polycarbonate side windows along with an unmuffled exhaust. The revised interior includes different pedals, steering wheel, and seats, as well as a reinforced roll cage. Larger brakes and a stiffer suspension also improve performance. Finally, an external fire extinguisher is included for safety.


Pagani Zonda Uno

A special one-off built for Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani, a member of the royal family of Qatar, famous for his turquoise car collection. Originally, the car was a Zonda F Roadster that was crashed in Qatar and was sent back to the factory to be rebuilt.[24] The car specifications are similar to those of a Cinque with the new carbon-titanium chassis. It also has the LEDs on the front of the car like the Tricolore. Unique to this car are the darkened rear lights and the rear exhaust; the four pipes are shorter than standard. Also, the black wheels with turquoise wheel-striping, and the dual-tone diffuser are eye-catchers, together with numerous black accents, like those on the exhaust system unit. Now the car belongs to a Chinese owner and he also added some unique logos that represent himself.


The Zonda HH is a special one-off edition, in Monterey Blue, that features the engine from the Cinque and most of the bodywork from the Zonda F Roadster. The HH was commissioned by Danish programmer David Heinemeier Hansson.


The Zonda 750 was another special one-off edition Zonda for a member of the Al-Thani family. However the order for it was canceled due to a disagreement between the proposed owner and Pagani.[25] The 750 is mainly based on the Cinque, but also features several custom parts. It was expected that it would be finished in a purple colour, but the project was left incomplete in orange with the front end left unpainted. It was later revealed that it was a Zonda Cinque development mule that appeared in the short film of Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit. It was upgraded to 750 bhp upon customer's request. It is now known as the Zonda 760 La Nonna and upgraded to the 760 series specifications. "Nonna" is Italian for grandmother, because it was actually the prototype for the Zonda F model.


Pagani Zonda Absolute

The Pagani Zonda Absolute is a special one-off edition Zonda shipped to Hong Kong. It features a matte black carbon fiber body and the engine of the Pagani Zonda Cinque as well as right hand drive.


A one-off special that was commissioned by Peter Saywell. It was finished in white with yellow striping on the side.[26] The car is the only one with all four exhaust pipes placed in a row instead of a square.[27] In January 2013 pictures surfaced of a redesigned Zonda PS. The PS has now been finished in bright blue and has the same rear-fin, air intakes, roof scoop and the spoiler as the 760RS & 760LH, but the exhaust pipes arranged in a row have now been replaced with the original layout. Also it features the same day-time LEDs as on the Tricolore, 760LH and the 760RS. What makes this Zonda unique is that its front arches are fitted with carbon-fibre fenders for improved down-force. Actually it's not a formal member of Zonda 760 series because the engine remains the same as before.[28] The car was involved in an accident in the UK in October 2017. [29]


Pagani Zonda GJ

The Zonda GJ was commissioned by a Scottish entrepreneur Gareth Jones whose Zonda S heavily crashed in 2009. He decided to get the car modified to a special edition exclusively made for him after the crash. The car was upgraded in both looks and performance, such as the addition of design elements from the Zonda F and Cinque along with a matte carbon exterior finish with red accents. The engine was upgraded to the specifications of the Zonda F clubsport.

Zonda F Roadster Final Edition[edit]

The last Zonda F Roadster was commissioned in 2010 and 2011 to commemorate the end of the Zonda F production. All of them were finished with a carbon-fibre body and the power was increased to 665 bhp.

Zonda 760 One-off Series[edit]

The Zonda 760 Series is a Zondas' line-up built for special customers. These cars have a 7.3 L M297 engine but with the output of 760 PS (560 kW; 750 hp) and 780 N⋅m (575 lb⋅ft). The 760-series Zondas are considered to be the most powerful road-legal Zondas ever produced.


The Zonda 760RS is a one-off version built for a businessman in Chile, who is said to be a very close friend of Horacio Pagani. It has the engine attached to a sequential gearbox and finished with a purple tinted carbon exterior and black interior. The 760RS also features a distinctive rear fin that runs down the centre of the car, while also feature the same air ducts and roof air intake as the Cinque.[30]


Same as the Zonda 760 RS, it features a different colour, purple, both for the exterior and the interior, and a manual gearbox instead of the sequential one.[31] It has been commissioned upon request of Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, hence the initials LH. The car was involved in an accident in Monaco in late 2015 but was later repaired and still remains in possession of Hamilton.

764 Passione[edit]

The Zonda 764 Passione features the same appearances as that of the 760RS and the 760LH, but it is an upgraded Zonda F and features a bigger rear spoiler and bigger distinctive central rear fin. It is finished in grey carbon fibre with accents of natural carbon fibre with light grey striping on the sides and the Italian flag running alongside the nose just like on the Tricolore. The car has purple-pink interior with wooden steering wheel, all done upon customer's request. The engine is mated to the same 6-speed manual gearbox Lewis Hamilton commissioned on his Zonda. The 764 Passione was delivered to its owner in Tokyo, Japan in December 2012.[32] The car is Zonda F chassis No.83.

760 Fantasma[edit]

The 760 Fantasma is the fourth 760-series Zonda, after the 760RS, 760LH and 764 Passione, and is a rebuilt orange Zonda F which was badly damaged in an accident in Hong Kong during 2012.[33] The car was originally commissioned by Peter Saywell, chassis number 53, who later sold it to a Chinese businessman in Hong Kong. After the car's accident it was sent back to the Pagani factory where it was repaired and received all the 760-series upgrades. The central monocoque is the same Zonda F chassis and finished in reddish maroon with the Italian flag running up from its nose like the Zonda Tricolore with the central section left unpainted. The only details remaining unchanged are wheels which are from the Zonda F and the interior.[34]

In 2017 the owner sent the car back to factory for a rebuild and the name was changed from Zonda Fantasma to Zonda Fantasma Evo. [35]

760 Kiryu[edit]

A roadster dubbed the Zonda 760 Kiryu was delivered to Bingo Sports in Japan in 2015, the second 760-series model shipped to that country and the 14th produced overall. The Kiryu features a dark blue tinted carbon fibre body and gloss carbon fibre trim. Excluding the modified Zonda F roadster, the Kiryu is only the second roadster in the 760 series.[36]

760 AG[edit]

It is the first roadster variant to be commissioned in the 760 series of one-off cars. It was commissioned by a customer in Dubai. The car has exterior features like the other 760 cars and also resembling the Zonda Cinqué. Like the other 760 series cars, the car does not have the daytime running LED lights and a sequential transmission which makes it stand out from the other one-off models. The car features a marine blue exterior paint with wheel arches, side sills and front canards in bare carbon fibre, a carbon fibre rear fin and spoiler with tricolore stripes and a black leather interior with carbon accenting throughout. [37]

760 LM and 760 LM roadster[edit]

This one-off Pagani Zonda was the second to last edition of the Zonda made in 2015. The bespoke supercar is based on the 760 RS model and pays tribute to the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Unlike other special edition Zondas, the LM has revised headlamps (only Zonda which has different headlights) and an even bigger rear spoiler than the original 760RS. The LM also has the tricolore stripes depicting the Italian flag on the right side of the bonnet and the German flag on the other side. The rest of the body is built on standard 760 RS specifications. The car has a carbon exterior. A roadster version was also commissioned with the coupé version by the same customer with specifications identical to that of the coupé.

760 OLIVER Evolution[edit]

This one-off Pagani Zonda was the 760 edition of the Zonda made in 2016. The bespoke supercar is based on the 760 RS model and specially built for one of the big Pagani collectors. Unlike other special edition Zondas, this 760 has a uniquely designed rear spoiler and was engineered by one of the world GT champions to generate the maximum downforce to give the ultimate grip on the circuit. The car was tested by the Toyota factory driver and GT500 champion Akira Iida on Fuji Speedway during the Pagani Raduno in Japan this year. Mr Iida commented the Zonda Oliver Evolution is the best handling and closest to the Zonda Evolution R road car he has ever driven.

760 Riviera[edit]

The 760 Riviera is another addition to the 760 series of the Zonda which is based on a Zonda F. The owner sent his yellow Zonda F to the factory to get the 760 series treatment which means that it makes 760 PS; 559 kW (750 hp) from a 7.3 L M297 V12 engine. The exterior styling is inspired by the French Riviera (côte d'Azur) along with the Zonda Cinque and includes the addition of a rear spoiler, a roof scoop, rear fin and front splitters. The car has a snow white paint job with bare carbon at the centre along with blue accents throughout the car. The car was revealed in an online video from Pagani in 2017. [38]

760 Aether Roadster[edit]

This one-off was commissioned by the same owner of the Ferrari SP38 one-off. It was unveiled at the 2018 Pagani Raduno event in Italy and draws on a lot of parts from the Zonda Cinque but has some special features. These include having a rumoured 800hp output and rear-wheeled drive, manual transmission layout. The car also has door straps instead of normal door handles.[39]

Zonda R[edit]

Zonda R
Zonda R Front 1.jpg
Production2009–2011 (15 produced)
DesignerHoracio Pagani
Body and chassis
ClassTrack Day Car
Body style2-door coupé
LayoutRear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
RelatedPagani Huayra
Engine6.0 L M120 AMG V12
TransmissionXtrac 672 6-speed sequential manual
Wheelbase2,785 mm (109.6 in)
Length4,886 mm (192.4 in)
Width2,014 mm (79.3 in)
Height1,141 mm (44.9 in)
Curb weight1,070 kg (2,359 lb)(dry weight)

The Zonda R[40] debuted at the Geneva Motor Show 2007, using the 6.0 litre V12 M120 engine sourced from the race version of the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR.[citation needed] The Zonda R's competition lies with track-based cars, such as the Ferrari FXX and Maserati MC12 Corsa rather than the original Zonda's road competitors as it is not road-homologated.

Despite sharing much of the Zonda's shape, the R is almost entirely new, sharing only 10% of the Zonda F's components. It has been obliquely suggested by Horacio Pagani that this car is a testbed chassis for certain components of the Zonda's replacement, the Pagani Huayra (in the same vein as the Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione and the successive F40) and that the Zonda R accurately reflects some of the Huayra's features. Only 15 Zonda R were produced.


The Pagani Zonda R has a top speed of 218 mph (350.8 km/h), accelerates to 0 to 60 mph (0.0 to 96.6 km/h) in less than 2.7 seconds, can brake from 60 to 0 mph (96.6 to 0.0 km/h) in 96.0 ft (29.3 m), and corners at 1.62g.[citation needed]


The central carbon chassis incorporates a roll cage and a rubber racing fuel cell with 4 fuel pumps and quick refuel filler cap, similar to GT race cars. The wheelbase has been increased by 47 mm (1.9 in) to increase stability. The front and rear subframes are brand-new, built to accommodate new suspension geometry, and produced in Avional. The slick-shod wheels are new forged-magnesium center-lock models, which in conjunction with on-board pneumatic airjacks (again, like the FXX) allow rapid change of the entire wheel assemblies.

The car senses, displays and logs information about the amount of down-force that is generated at each wheel at all times. It is thought that this system will enable owners to adjust set-up according to track conditions and to improve their cornering technique.


Pagani Zonda R

In addition to the wheelbase increase (47 mm), overall length has increased by 394 mm (15.5 in) and track by 50 mm (2.0 in). The bodywork and aerodynamics have been altered to offer maximum down-force, featuring a longer front bonnet with flaps, a closed underbody and a new rear overhang with adjustable rear wing and race-derived diffuser. These are intended to translate into increased aerodynamic efficiency and down-force for maximum cornering speed. It is also noted that the car's new rear bodywork is minimal in the extreme, being composed mostly of vent. This is thought to be symptomatic of the need to keep the engine cool enough, even under hard track use. Again, this is similar to the gutted bodywork of the Ferrari FXX Evoluzione.


Zonda R engine (Mercedes-Benz M120 AMG)

Output has increased to 750 PS (552 kW; 740 hp) at 7500 rpm and 710 N⋅m (524 lb⋅ft) of torque. A lightweight carbon fibre high performance intake system, racing multiple disc centered clutch and Formula One-style exhaust system, hydroformed in Inconel 625 and ceramic coated for optimal heat dissipation, have been added. The AMG-built engine is mated to a 6-speed longitudinally-mounted manual sequential synchronized gearbox.


The car's interior is spartan, reflecting the car's racetrack aspirations and intended home, and features seats customized to the driver to offer maximum support. As before, the Digitek instrumentation provides essential information and the sophisticated telemetry allows a variety of sensors to monitor numerous aspects of the car.


On 30 June 2010, Pagani claimed a new record for production-based cars using the Pagani Zonda R and completing the Nürburgring in 6:47, beating the Ferrari 599XX.[41]

Zonda R Evolución[edit]

The Zonda R Evolución is an updated version of the Zonda R. It features many changes over the previous Zonda R. Also the car takes many pieces and inspirations from the Zonda 760RS. It is finished in pearl white with exposed carbon-fibre on the nose. The 6.0L V12 engine is uprated to 800 PS (588 kW; 789 hp). The bodywork is still the same but has improved aerodynamics. It features a bigger air splitter above the two standard air splitters on the front bumper and a pair of small splitters on the sides of the rear bumper. A bigger rear central fin — even bigger than the 760 series Zondas — and a small spoiler added below the standard Zonda R spoiler improves aerodynamics and increases down-force.

Zonda Revolución[edit]

Pagani unveiled the final version of the Zonda R, called Zonda Revolución[42] to clients and family members during "Vanishing Point 2013", the International Pagani gathering.[43] The central monocoque is carbon-titanium, the needle on the scale stops at 1070 kg.[clarification needed] The 6.0 L (5,987 cc) Mercedes-AMG V12 engine is an evolution of the Zonda R powerplant, which now develops an output of 800 PS (588 kW; 789 hp) and 730 N⋅m (538 lbf⋅ft) of torque,[44] resulting in a power to weight ratio of 748 hp per tonne. The Xtrac 672 6-speed transversal and sequential gearbox changes gears in 20ms. The traction control developed by Bosch with 12 stage traction control and the renewed ABS system, allows the vehicle to further adapt to the driver's driving style. The aerodynamics feature new and updated canards on the front, as well as a vertical stabilizer supporting the main rear wing. Beside using R Evolución's body, the Zonda Revolución also features a DRS (Drag Reduction System) on the rear wing. The system has two different operating modes, both can be activated by the driver at any time. The manual system is controlled with the DRS button on the steering wheel. The rear wing changes between maximum and minimum down-force settings, at the occurrence of a lateral acceleration of 0.8 g and a minimum speed of 100 km/h (62 mph). Holding down the DRS for more than two seconds engages the DRS to work automatically according to the algorithms developed by the Pagani engineers during the development phase. The main rear wing also utilises mounts on the side of the vehicle alongside a smaller wing at the end of the vertical stabiliser. The Brembo braking system adopts new CCMR discs derived from F1 technology. With a weight saving of 15% compared to the previous CCM discs, the CCMR offer higher stiffness and lower operating temperatures on extreme track use. This contributes to the life of the disc which is increased by four times, with no sign of fading and a significant overall increase in braking power. Each Revolución, of which only five were built, was priced at 2.2 million before taxes.


Zonda GR[edit]

Pagani Zonda GR

Development of the Zonda GR started in December 2002. At this stage the Zonda was nearly four years old, but had yet to be entered in major motorsports. Tom Weickardt, owner of American Viperacing, Toine Hezemans, owner of Carsport Holland, and Paul Kumpen, owner of GLPK Racing, created a new company, Carsport Zonda, to build a racing version. They secured exclusive rights to develop, build and sell competition Zondas from Horacio Pagani, and the first GR was completed at Carsport's facility in Modena within months.

The Zonda GR is based on the Zonda S. It was built on the same carbon fiber chassis, with tube frames in front and back. The bodywork was modified to include front and rear diffusers and louvers for improved aerodynamics. The car was 2 meters (6.6 ft) wide, in accordance with the regulations of the FIA and ACO. The car's weight was reduced to 1,100 kilograms (2,400 lb), and a new suspension was designed. New wheels and brakes were also specified. The engine was equipped with an enlarged radiator, and the engine and gearbox also had new oil coolers.

The performance of the Zonda GR is well beyond that of the stock car. The car sprints from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.3 seconds and the engine produces around 600 PS (440 kW; 590 hp) at 5,800 rpm and 580 lb⋅ft (786 N⋅m) of torque at 4,300 rpm with a redline increased to 7,500 rpm.

The car was entered into the 2003 24 Hours of Le Mans, but retired after ten laps due to a gearbox failure.[45]


Richard Hammond, former presenter of the BBC show Top Gear and current presenter of The Grand Tour, says that it is his "most favourite car in the world"[46]



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