The Pagani Zonda crash that has made headlines over the past few days might have had one very famous driver sitting behind its wheel. According to a UK newspaper, no other than three-time F1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart was reportedly driving the supercar when it spun out of control after hitting a big patch of mud on a country road. The resulting bump caused the Zonda to hit a telegraph pole before barrelling straight through a chain-link fence.
The crash caught the attention of the mainstream media not only because it’s a Pagani Zonda but also because the ensuing damage from the crash would cost $450,000 just for repairs.
In what arguably is one of the most expensive car crashes in recent history, a Pagani Zonda that crashed last September after a catastrophic test drive has been sent for repair in Modena where the cars are made. The good news is that there’s hope for the Zonda.
The bad news is that it’s going to cost £300,000 or about $450,000. You read that right; almost half a million dollars just for repairs.
Insurance company Aviva, which is responsible for the payout for repairs of the Zonda, said that the cost for repairing the supercar is out of the ordinary for an insurer. A spokersperson for the company said: "This is the biggest insurance payout we have had for repairs to a private car in the UK."
Seeing as that there are only 10 Zondas produced every year – and that each car is made in painstaking detail – it’s no secret that the car costs a lot more than most houses on this side of the world. Then again, $450,000 for just a repair?
That’s completely unheard of, even for the Zonda’s lofty standards.
Even if you’re wealthy enough to buy a supercar like a Pagani Zonda, it still doesn’t excuse you from having poor taste. And as far as we’re concerned, the owner of this Zonda is certainly not lacking in that department. Originally decked in silver, this Zonda was given an unnecessary facelift by the owner when he decided to wrap it in matte black with orange strips.
We’re not big fans of how the color combination captures your attention but the good thing is, the whole wrap is temporary and if we can give the owner a piece of advice, we’d tell him to lose the orange stripes. By itself, the matte black finish is more than enough.
The Pagani Zonda is, without question, one of the rare supercars that capture the imagination of both auto enthusiasts and mainstream fans from all over the world. That’s why a lot of us can’t seem to get enough of it, because when the Pagani Zonda is being watched or talked about, we all stand in attention.
This promo video of the Pagani Zonda R, which was made for the brand’s track-focused customers, and by all accounts, it’s as desirable and mouth-watering than it’s road-legal counterpart.
The video itself is pretty cool to watch; it begins with the Zonda R’s creation – you’ll see a lot of the bits and pieces that make the car, including the carbon titanium composite central monocoque – all the way to a rainy track test of two fully-built Zonda Rs. Even the accompanying music, which makes you feel like you’re watching the climax of an action-packed blockbuster movie, is so juice-pumping we wouldn’t surprised if you got goose bumps from it.
Check out the video and see the Pagani Zonda R in action and if there is a car that we can desire more than the Zonda R, it probably hasn’t been built yet.
Before the highly-anticipated Pagani C9 makes its debut in God-knows-when, the Italian supercar maker has decided to satiate our appetites once more with a very special edition Zonda that is set to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show next week.
Created as an homage to the Italian equivalent of the British Red Arrows Display team, known as the "Frecce Tricolori", the Pagani Zonda Tricolore, which pretty much based on a Zonda Cinque, is a special edition Zonda that is built from a special carbon-titanium weave left bare except for a clear blue lacquer coating.
In addition to that, the Zonda Tricolore also come 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.
Now, if you’re curious to know just how rare this special edition car is, consider the fact that Pagani is building all but one model of it and, to top it off, it’s priced at a bank account-depleting 1.3 million euros, or in the language of the Benjamins - $1.75 million
UPDATE 06/04/2010: Check out the new video of the Pagani Zonda Tricolore by clicking on the image above. It’s only about a minute long, but displays the Tricolore in all of its beauty.
When the Italian super car maker Pagani unveiled the special edition Zonda Cinque, the limited production carbon fiber dream machine was initially shown wearing white and black livery, however this orange example that we have just come across looks absolutely amazing. The Zonda Cinque is powered by a detuned version of the 7.3L V12 from Mercedes Benz that produces a maximum output of 678 HP and a peak 575 lb-ft of torque, mated to a Cima six speed sequential gearbox. The result is a highly coveted European exotic that can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.4 seconds. Now we aren’t quite sure if this was just a high end re spray as requested by the customer or if Pagani is going to offer the orange color straight out of their catalog, but we really do like the matching rims.
People that have been going to the Bologna Motor Show in Italy are being treated to some kind of supercar-fest, haven’t they?
Days after catching a glimpse of Valentino Balboni burn rubber on-board his LP550-2 Balboni, a video of two other supercars – the Pagani Zonda R and the Prototype 2 – was captured doing a couple of laps on the very same track Balboni was on a few days ago.
While we’ve all seen glimpses of the Zonda R in action, this is the first time we’ve gotten a chance to look at the Prototype 2 – a car that Pagani is using to develop its new toy, the Cinque. Unfortunately, none of us could make the trip to Bologna, Italy for this extraordinary auto show so this video of the two cars roaring around the track would make do for us.
Nothing breaks our hearts more than seeing a $1 million dollar supercar get smashed into pieces. But that’s the reality we’re looking at after a Pagani Zonda F crashed in Hong Kong. The latest Zonda crash is the third one to befall the Zonda supercar with two of them coming in Hong Kong.
From what we’ve gathered, the driver of the Zonda F was on his way home from a track event when a wayward truck lost control and the Zonda, in a sweeping move to avoid the oncoming mass of steel, swerved and ended up torpedoing into a row of parked cars.
As you may know, there are only 106 Pagani Zondas in the world - only 25 of which are Zonda Fs – so each time we hear about another crash of this exotic beauty, its another punch in the gut for us supercar-lovers.
The Pagani Zonda is every man’s dream. Doesn’t matter: Ferrari, Lamborghini or Veyron fan they all dream that at some point they will get behind the wheel of a Zonda. And when it comes about the Zonda Cinque, even more. But unfortunately there will be only 5 lucky owners in the world to enjoy the supercar. And even if he doesn’t own one, Richard Hammond got behind the wheel of the limited edition Cinque.
The Zonda Cinque is powered by a detuned version of the 7.3L V12 engine to produce 678-hp with a peak torque of 575 lb-ft. The engine is mated to a Cima sequential 6-speed gearbox. The 0 to 60 mph sprint is made in 3.4 seconds, and the 0 to 124 mph in 9.6 seconds.
After unveiling the Zonda Cinque which is essentially a street legal version of the track day special Zonda R limited to an ultra exclusive production run of only 5 units. The Italian super car makers have just added a new image gallery of the Pagani Zonda Cinque.
The Zonda Cinque is powered by a tuned version of the 7.3 Liter twin turbocharged AMG V12 to produce a peak output of 678 HP and 575 lb-ft of torque. For the first time the Zonda will feature a sequentially shifted gearbox. The Cima 6 speed gearbox also helps to shave about 40 pounds off the finished product. The power train package means that the Cinque is good for a 0 to 60 MPH sprint of just 3.4 seconds and will hit 200 km/h in just 9.6 seconds from a standstill. Each one of the 5 road going Zonda Cinques are priced at $1,246,599.