The Top Gear trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond may be all fun and jokes in front of the camera, but despite their cunning wit and silly banter, these three all share a unique similarity: they know everything and anything there is to know about cars.
When they say a car is good or bad, their opinions carry more clout than the standard human because they’ve done their homework through countless hours of testing, free drives, and taped segments on the show. And now that we’re nearing the end of an amazingly eventful year, the trio have decided to finally release their choice of vehicles that will be included in the 11th Top Gear Awards.
With categories ranging from Hypercar of the Year, Grand Tourer of the Year, Coupe of the Year, and even Engine of the Year, the three hosts took everything they’ve seen, heard, and driven in 2010 to come up with a winner for each respective category.
In addition to these categories, Clarkson, May, and Hammond also picked their favorite cars of the year regardless of make, model, and type. Care to find out the award winners?
Sure, the Pagani Zonda went out of production a few months ago, but apparently, that hasn’t stopped the rich and mighty from ordering their own one-off version of the Italian supercar.
The newest one-off Zonda is going to be called the Absolute and is being built for a customer from Hong Kong. Maybe we should order one too – if we had the money that is.
Anyway, the newest Zonda follows a growing list of one-off supercars Pagani has made for a select group of customers. We’ve seen the 750, the HH, the Rak, and the Uno and now, we have the Absolute.
Details on the car are still limited, but from what we’ve heard and seen about it through photos, the Zonda Absolute looks to have been built using a bare carbon fiber body with a striped pattern similar to the Zonda R. You’ll also notice the Italian red, white, and green “Tricolore” running from the car’s hood all the way to the rear end. The Zonda Absolute will also come with a carbo-titanium chassis that can also be found in the Zonda Cinque.
As for the engine, nothing has been confirmed yet, although there’s word that it’s going to be powered by an AMG-sourced V12 engine with an output of somewhere north of 700 horsepower.
That’s about all we know of the newest one-off Zonda to be commissioned for a wealthy and lucky customer. Something tells us that this won’t be the last special edition Zonda to be made.
Do you have an extra $1.3 million in your pocket? Need a pricey Christmas present to impress a certain someone? Well, here’s one way to spend it; how about buying a Pagani Zonda F Roadster Clubsport? Limited to only 25 units, this special edition was priced at $750,000 at launch, but now you get to pay almost twice as much for a model with 3,107 miles on the odometer. That’s the price you pay for wanting to own an exclusive, sold out model. The guys who turn these vehicles over are either the biggest swindlers or the best businessmen, you can decide.
The Zonda F Clubsport is powered by a Mercedes AMG V12 engine with no less than 650 HP under the hood. Its performance speaks for itself with a 0-62mph time of 3.6 seconds, a 0-124mph time of 9.8 seconds, and a top speed of 214mph. It’s fitted with Brembo carbon ceramic brakes with yellow calipers, a lifting system, and Inconel and titanium exhaust system. Other features include a Nardi steering wheel in traditional wood, carbon fiber engine covers, and special dark color aluminum parts.
Want a piece of Pagani’s special edition history? Fork over $1.3 million in cold, hard cash to the folks at Auto Salon Singen GmbH and it can be yours.
Guess what, the live action video trailer has just been released, and true to the expectations we’ve set for the vid, the trailer is nothing short of mesmerizing. Two of the most powerful supercars on the planet twisting, turning, and drifting on the mountain-side roads of the Italian Alps is the stuff legends are made of. Heck, even a police helicopter joins in on the fun, making this police chase all the more amazing.
The whole trailer was shot to promote the Need for Speed franchise’s new video game, Hot Pursuit, and if this trailer is our only basis on whether to buy the game or not, then consider us scooping up a copy the soonest chance we get.
A couple of weeks ago, the Ascari race track in Marbella, Spain played host to Pagani and a number of the Italian marquee’s exclusive customers for a nice track-day that included the official presentation of the Pagani Zonda R to the invited guests.
If that and the fact that these guys could run around the track for the whole day wasn’t enough, a couple of special edition Zondas were also in attendance: two Zonda supercars that bear the names ‘Cinque’ and ‘HH’. The man behind the Zonda HH, American David Heinemeier Hansson was also in attendance at the event to personally receive his one-off supercar from Pagani and test it out on the track.
With all these mouth-watering Zondas in one location, it’s hard to find a better place on the planet than the Ascari race track when Pagani held its track day there about two weeks ago. We don’t have any Zondas in our near future so it’s unlikely that we’re going to get invited to any track meets any time soon so we’ll just have to settle for photos.
Following in the footsteps of the Uno, the HH, and the 750, Pagani has once again released a special edition version of the Zonda, proving that you can’t have too many of a multi-million dollar supercar.
This new model, called the Pagani Zonda RAK, is another one-off Zonda that has been exclusively built by the boys of Pagani for a specific clientele, in this case, the Auto Salon Singen in Germany. From the looks of things, the car simply looks like a Pagani Zonda Cinque dressed up in sexy yellow paint with the car’s interior taking the color of the exterior in the form of some yellow stitching on the leather racing seats. That being said, when you have a car that’s as limited as a Zonda, even the slightest color change warrants a completely different name altogether.
As for the specs, according to Autogespot, the Zonda Rak will come with a V12 powerhouse that produces an output of around 700 horsepower. As for the price tag, Auto Salon Singen is selling the one-off Zonda at a sticker price of €1.849 million – that’s about $2.5 million in US currency. Not surprisingly, a car of this stature doesn’t come cheap. And if you happen to be interested, there’s only one of this in the world so you better open up your bank account and hope that nobody’s scooped it up yet.
We’ll keep all of you posted regarding future details on the Zonda RAK as soon as they become available.
The official trailer for Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit was recently filmed somewhere in Italy and it features just about the most awesome – an expensive – fake car chase we’ve ever seen.
To build cache for the brand, NFS decided to go all-out with the two vehicular protagonists, opting for two cars that are undoubtedly two of the most sought-after supercars this side of the solar system: the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 and the Pagani Zonda Cinque.
The folks over at Teamspeed managed to scoop up photos of the filming of the trailer where the law enforcement decaled Murcielago giving chase to the Zonda Cinque along a sweeping mountains of Italy. And they even managed to commission a helicopter to aid the Murcielago in chasing the Zonda. Awesome.
There are also photos of the two supercars being prepared for the shoot similar to how celebrities are made-up before filming. Apparently, the Zonda Cinque that’s being chased by the Murcielago police supercar is actually a Zonda F underneath all that make-up. Why they specifically had to have a Zonda Cinque instead of a Zonda F, we don’t know.
There are only a handful of supercars in this world that can illicit this kind of reaction from even the most hardened of auto scribes. Shrieks of excitement, pulse-pounding driving, and even a shout out to the founder of the car was what happened to Fifth Gear host Tiff Needell after driving around a race track with the venerable Pagani Zonda R.
As the last and most powerful Zonda to come out of Pagani – if you didn’t know, the Zonda is on its last legs after a decade of thrills and spills with a new model set to be introduced soon – the Zonda R is no stranger to unadulterated power and mind-bending speed. Needell was even given a last hurrah with the 6.0-liter V12 750 horsepower supercar and, boy oh boy, did he make the most out of it.
And yes, Mr. Needell; you’re not the only one who wants a Zonda R. We want one so badly too.
Like an exotic bird that can only be spotted in a number of places in the world, the Pagani Zonda supercar isn’t the type of car that you can just spot in everyday traffic.
This particular Zonda, a bright orange one at that, was videotaped in – of all places – Argentina. A long commute from its headquarters in Italy, don’t you think?
In any case, the raging Italian machine was videotaped as it was running roughshod over the Autopista Panamericana, a highway so long that it goes all the way up to Alaska. In any event, we’re still trying to figure out how this Zonda found its way to Argentina. Maybe some rich Argentinean decided to splurge on one? Who knows?
What we do know is that wherever part of the world the Pagani Zonda is in, it’s going to attract its fair share of attention from anybody who lays eyes on it. You don’t see Honda Civics being videotaped in this manner, do you?
Eventually Pagani will be able to have a small parade solely using the one-off models being created from the Zonda. We’ve already seen a few special edition Zondas each limited to only one unit with two being the Zonda HH and the Zonda Uno - and now we are getting another one. The Zonda 750 is the newest addition to the Zonda one-offs and, while there are no official details on the car just yet, we presume that the "750" name stands for the number of horses galloping under the hood.
And if we continue on with the 750 horsepower motif, then we can presume that the Zonda 750 will feature the same engine as the Zonda R: a V12 AMG engine that delivers 750 hp (100 more than the Zonda F) at 8000 rpm and 524 lb. ft. of torque.
This new special edition comes with lots of custom parts, a special exterior paint, and back window. Although the car is based off of the Cinque, the custom parts allow the vehicle to get its own individual look.
Stay tuned! We will get back soon with more details on this special edition Zonda, including the owner (most likely an Arabian one) and more details about the car’s performances and special customization parts!