We should all know by now that the Pagani Zonda , and even its successor, the Huayra, are not street-legal in the U.S. Sure, Pagani may still be fighting with the NHTSA to gain an exemption for the Huayra, allowing it to legally roam U.S. streets , but the Zonda never was and never will be allowed to drive on U.S. roads, even if three or four have managed to slip through into private collections.
As a result, a desperate owner in the U.S. took matters into his own hands and created his very own Pagani Zonda replica, which was recently spotted broken down in Mountain View, California.
The pictures captured simply scream "replica," as the dimensions are all wrong, despite the fact that this particular unit is far off from the real thing. No specific details have been released about this particular unit, but based on the huge number of Ferrari replica’s designed around the Toyota MR2 , it’s likely that this vehicle utilized a similar affordable sports car and has been designed around it.
If true, that means this Zonda replica would be gravely underpowered as the Toyota MR2 only featured a tiny 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, producing just 138hp at 6,400 rpm and only reached a top speed of 129 mph. Compare this to the Pagani Zonda F however, and the true extent of the differences become clear.
The Zonda featured a 7.3-liter V-12 engine sourced from AMG and produced around 650hp, helping the lightweight hypercar sprint to 62 mph in less than 3.5 seconds and onto a claimed top speed of 220 mph.
gallery: Pagani Zonda Roadster F