Pagani Zonda

Pagani Zonda

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.

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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?

Video #2 after the jump.

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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 theZonda 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!

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For those of you that will be cruising around in London on October 27th with about an estimated $2.2 million of extra cash in your pocket, boy do we have a deal for you! One of the 15 - chassis number five, to be precise - Pagani Zonda R models are up for auction during RM Auctions’ Automobiles of London event at Battersea Evolution.

This incredible automobile is powered by a V12 AMG sourced engine producing 750 hp at 8000 rpm and 524 lb. ft. of torque. This calculation is about 100hp faster than the Zonda F ! It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.7 seconds and can hit a top speed of 233 mph. With a time of six minutes and 47 seconds on the Nurburgring, this supercar beat out the time of six minutes and 58 seconds achieved by the Ferrari 599XX ! It may look like every other Zonda out there, but the R version only uses about ten percent of the Zonda F’s components. Bringing originality to the table are the car’s new suspension forged in Avional (aluminium alloy), a new Pagani six-speed transversal sequential gearbox, and a carbon fiber monocoque chassis.

Jealousy aside, we can’t help but be in awe of Horacio Pagani ’s very own carbon fiber Pagani Zonda C12S.

Some lucky dude who goes by the name of MrAlexV10 not only got a chance to take a video of the carbon fiber supercar, but, as luck would have it, he also got an opportunity to meet the brand’s founder, Horacio Pagani.

While we’re certainly envious of the guy for getting close to this one-off supercar built for the man who started the brand, meeting Horacio Pagani himself is one of those things that are scribbled in our bucket lists, so you can just imagine how green we turned when we found out that young Mr. AlexV10 not only met Pagani and his wife, but also convinced the man to actually rev his carbon fiber Zonda C12S just for him.

To Mr. AlexV10’s credit, he was nice enough to share the video with us, although our gratitude for his gesture won’t change the fact that we certainly wouldn’t have hesitated switching places with him on the day he met Horacio Pagani.

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What happens when you combine a Pagani Zonda R , a McLaren F1 , and a Ferrari Enzo ? Something incredible, that’s what. And even though a combination like this was something that no one probably thought would ever happen, designer Gary Gu had enough imagination to combine the exquisite details of all three supercars and create a concept that will amaze all who feast their eyes on it. If not for the look of the car - which is something that is always subjective to the eyes that see it - for the sheer genius of combining vehicles with as much stature as the three that were chosen. And in response to the question originally posed, the combination of these three supercars is Gary Gu’s Zonda Concept.

To create the Zonda Concept, Gu combined engine intakes from Ferrari Enzo, the shape of the McLaren F1, and the roof of the Pagani Zonda R albeit with a few modifications to improve the car’s aerodynamics and to make it look even more like an F1.

Under the hood, the designer imagined an AMG sourced engine, with an output of more than 750 HP. Add a carbon fiber body and the incredible performance numbers will surely follow.

Of course, something like this will never happen, but a man has the right to dream, right? And we have the right to follow right along with that dream, and we shall!

Pagani Automobili is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the "Frecce Tricolori" with the Zonda Tricolore which was created as a tribute specifically for the National Aerobatic Team. The Frecce Tricolori (Italian, literally Tricolour Arrows) is officially known as the 313th Aerobatic Training Squadron and is the demonstration team of the Italian Air Force. They are based at Rivolto Air Force Base, in the north-eastern Italian region of Friuli Venezia-Giulia, province of Udine.

The Pagani Zonda Tricolore, which is pretty much based on a Zonda Cinque , is a special edition Zonda that was built from a special carbon-titanium weave left bare except for a clear blue lacquer coating. It also comes with a unique set of LED running lights and an exclusive red, white, and green trim - signifying Italy, of course - that runs up from the nose of the car all the way up along the top of the car’s surface. There will be only one unit built, with a price of $1.75 million.

We have to admit, we are a bit jealous! Why does the British press get to test all of the coolest cars out there? For example, the latest model in Autocar’s fleet was the coolest Pagani ever: the new Zonda R . Be honest now, aren’t you just as jealous as we are?

The Zonda R is limited to only 10 units each priced at €1.4 million euro (about $1.85 million at current rates). It 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.

Check out the video of the record breaking Zonda R as it gets put to work by the gents at AutoCar!

When Pagani unveiled the Zonda HH earlier this month, everyone wondered what the "HH" stood for. Now we have the answer. The HH just happens to stand for its owner, David Heinemeier Hansson in Chicago. Of course, now the big question is, who is David Heinemeier Hansson?

Unless you are as computer addicted as we are, you probably have never heard of the guy before a few seconds ago. This man is a 30 year-old software guru. He created the Ruby on Rails web development framework and is a partner at a software development firm called 37signals. Unfortunately for Mr. HH, he will only be able to enjoy his precious ride during his vacations in Italy since the Pagani Zonda HH cannot be imported to the USA.

As a reminder, the Zonda HH will be powered by a Mercedes-Benz AMG V12 engine that produces over 680 horsepower that’s similar to the output of Pagani’s other super machine, the Zonda Cinque . As for the materials found on this one-off machine, they include a carbon titanium tub, a ceramic-titanium exhaust, and a carbon-ceramic braking that will make the Zonda HH even lighter – somewhere in the neighborhood of 30% - than the standard Zonda.

The Pagani Zonda R ’s record-breaking run at the Nurburgring may have been a cake walk for some people considering the car broke the newly-set record by the Ferrari FXX by over 11 seconds.

But ask the people responsible behind the record-setting run and they’ll be the first to tell you that the accomplishment was reached because of hours and hours of tireless research, hard work, and dedication.

In this mini-documentary, the Italian sports car manufacturer takes us through, in detail, what happened behind the scenes in the development of the Zonda R. We may see the flash and pizazz with these record-setting runs, but there are also aspects of these cars we don’t see – research, development, and testing – that play a more important role than any of us can imagine.

In the end, after all that painstaking labor, the result certainly speaks for itself. And according to Horacio Pagani, the founder of the Italian auto brand, "The laptime of 6:47 that we have obtained with reasonable ease here at the Nürburgring is a confirmation of the skilled work behind every Pagani vehicle."

No words have ever been wiser.

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