Yes, the Zonda is on its way out, but it is definitely not leaving without exiting without leaving its mark! Pagani has announced today that their Zonda R recorded a Nurburgring Nordschleife lap-time of 6:47. This is better than the 6.58 lap time Ferrari recently achieved in a 599XX. However the Zonda R is not a road legal model, so Porsche and Nissan aren’t in danger yet.
The car was driven by ’Ring specialist Marc Basseng and was equipped with bespoke P-Zero tires developed by Pirelli.
The Zonda R is powered by a V12 AMG engine that delivers 750 hp (100 more than the Zonda F) at 8000 rpm and 524 lb. ft. of torque. Although it looks like other Zondas, this only uses ten percent of the Zonda F components. New parts include a suspension forged in Avional (aluminum alloy), a new Pagani six-speed transversal sequential gearbox, and a carbon fiber monocoque chassis. The Zonda R will be limited to only 10 units each priced at €1.4 million euro (about $1.85 million).