Few names in the automotive world have such a ring to them as the Pagani Zonda does. The Zonda remained in production for the better part of a decade, and was lucky enough to be offered in a large array of different variants, including the range topping Pagani Zonda 760RS recently ordered by an unknown Chilean businessman.
It’s successor, the Huayra , may not have such a seductive name as the Zonda, but Pagani has promised that it’s a complete evolution from the Zonda. It features a huge array of new features, most predominantly the brand new AMG-sourced 6.0-liter V12 twin turbocharged engine which can pumps out 730HP in stock form. When combined with the light overall weight of the car, the Huayra promises Bugatti Veyron levels of performance.
In their latest road test, EVO magazine became the world’s first magazine to test the Huayra privately, thanks in part to its close affiliation with the brand, as Harry Metcalfe, EVO’s founder actually owns one of the very first Zonda’s produced.
Despite being less than five minutes long, the video displays some incredible driving shots of the Huayra and highlights the active aerodynamics to a level not seen in previous videos of the Huayra.
The journo testing the car continually mentions the new seven-speed sequential transmission and how when it’s warmed up, it’s truly a work of art. However, don’t for one second think the Huayra is perfect, as a few flaws are pointed out during the review.
To kick off our very first Photo of the Week, we have decided to start things off with a bang, with one of the most incredible photos ever captured of what is one of the most expensive supercars ever produced: the 2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque .
If reports are to be believed, only three white Cinque coupes were ever produced, with the remaining two units being bright green and bright orange . Furthermore, every single one of the Cinque coupes produced are reportedly all driving around one of the increasingly-luxurious and expensive regions in the world: Singapore.
Taken by Nicholas TJ.R Photography, the following image shows off the incredibly well-detailed and aerodynamically inspired rear end of this hypercar, which cost a cool $1.3 million when it went on sale in 2009.
As a quick refresher, the 2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque features an AMG-sourced 7.3-liter V12 engine producing 678HP and 575lb-ft of torque which is mated to a six-speed sequential transmission. When combined with the extremely lightweight body and those massive rear tires, the car can launch to 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds and 124 mph in 9.6 seconds before continuing onto a top speed in excess of 220 mph.
About a month ago, Pagani unveiled a pretty cool documentary explaining the technology behind the Huayra . And because people were thoroughly impressed with it, the company decided to offer a new documentary, this time explaining the history of the very successful company.
Parts 1-4 have already been unveiled and talk about the beginnings of the company. Part One talks about Pagani founder Horacio Pagani and reveals a collage of personal photos, while Part Two explains how the company was founded in 1999 and talks about the first vehicle produced by Pagani: the Zonda C12 . Part Three goes into years 2005-2008 of the company and the production of the Zonda F and Part Four handles model year 2009 with the Zonda R . Finally, Part 5 covers the 2009-2011 model years with the Zonda Cinque .
Parts Two, Three, Four and Five can be found after the jump. Enjoy!
Up until this point, we’ve only been able to show you a couple of low-quality teasers of the Pagani Zonda 760 RS , a car which defines what a supercar should be all about as it’s the most powerful car ever produced up until now. However, today we have something very, very special for you.
Not only have a few incredible pictures of the car been officially released, Pagani owner and Evo Magazine owner Harry Metcalfe was lucky enough to drive this one-off piece of automotive art on some incredible Italian country roads.
The video is yet another one of the Evo Diaries series and is undoubtedly the most exquisite one they have ever done. The test begins off with Harry following the 760 RS in one of just a couple Zonda prototypes, which has evolved since the very first 6.0-liter V-12 up until its current 7.3-liter spec very similar to the unit fitted to the Cinque.
Despite the incredible prototype being extremely unique by itself, the 760 RS is something else entirely. Harry confirms that it cost the Chilean owner 1.6 million pounds or the equivalent of $2.5 ‘Benjamins.’ Nope, your eyes are not tricking you, that is in fact twice the price of the Huayra, and Metcalfe points out that the 760 RS is a very similar car to the Porsche 911 GT3 RS , while the Huayra could be considered as an extreme 911 Turbo.
Metcalfe goes on to confirm in the final seconds of the video that Lewis Hamilton did in fact purchase a 760 dubbed the ‘760 LH’ just like we reported, so hopefully some photos of that will be released in due course.
Pagani ’s latest supercar, the Huayra , will be built at the company’s plant in Modena - about 15 minutes away from Ferrari and Lamborghini. Interesting, no? If you do a little math you will be amazed by the impressive number of supercar you can meet in Modena!
But lets face it: not many of us will have the chance to arrive in the area! In this car we have to be thankful to the guys from Drive who have revealed a pretty impressive video shot inside the Pagani world.
JF Musial explores why this small super car company is setting a new standard for how exotic vehicles should be designed and produced. Interviewed is company founder Horacio Pagani next two his latest creation, the Huayra.
Enjoy the video! You will have a lot to learn from it!
It’s no secret that Formula 1 drivers are some of the most highly paid sportsmen in the world. With some contracts topping $10 million without taking into account individual sponsorships, F1 drivers could literally swim in money. One of the most interesting things about this is that many F1 drivers just drive regular, everyday cars, rather than sports cars as everything feels slow when compared to an F1 car.
However, if reports are to be believed, 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton may have just purchased a road-car as close to an F1 car as you can get, the Pagani Zonda . And, no not just any old Zonda, but a one-off car built specifically for him reportedly called the 760 LH, and it doesn’t take a genius to work out what the ‘LH’ stands for.
Hamilton’s car is said to be based upon the 760 RS which was recently commissioned and built for a very special Chilean owner. The 760 RS is the most powerful production car Pagani has built to date, even surpassing the Huayra by about 60BHP, pumping out an incredible 760 horsepower. The car ordered by Hamilton differs in one major way to the RS, as it will be built with a traditional manual transmission, leading the McLaren driver to state, “my company car has a paddle-change gearbox, so when I drive for fun, I want a manual.”
It’s unclear just how long Hamilton will have to wait for his brand new hypercar, but considering the Zonda is built completely by hand, he’ll be lucky to have it delivered in the next six months. It’s also worth noting that Horacio Pagani has previously stated that one-off Zonda’s will continued to be made if demand is there, despite the Huayra now being the company’s flagship supercar.
All we’ve had access to on the one-off Pagani Zonda 760 RS were some scarce details and an image that only revealed the car’s badge, but thankfully, Youtube user OuncesofAwesome12 was able to get up close and personal with the Zonda 760 RS and brought his video camera along for the ride.
The video doesn’t exactly scream quality - the camera is very shaky and the angles are terrible - but at least we get a good deal more details than the random cropped image we had before. Then there’s the end of the video when we get to here the Zonda 760 RS’ amazing engine.
The Pagani Zonda 760 RS is a unique model that is among the latest Zonda models to be produced. The history behind this supercar is quite interesting because it actually began as a custom built Zonda 750 requested by an Arab family, but when they canceled the order, Pagani transformed it into the 760 RS. The car delivers an impressive 760 HP making it capable of hitting a top speed of more than 217 mph, or so they say.
While everyone’s attention may be focused on the new Pagani Huayra , it seems that the Italian company still has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to their Zonda supercar . GT Spirit has found the first images of a one-off Pagani Zonda 760 RS - unique supercar that was created for a customer in either Chile or China, depending on which rumor you believe.
The Pagani Zonda 760 RS actually began as a custom built Zonda 750 requested by an Arab family, but when they canceled the order, Pagani transformed it into the 760 RS. The car is based on a Zonda F , but features an exposed carbon fiber exterior with a unique aerodynamic package that includes components from the Cinque , like the rear air ducts and the roof air intake.
The 760 RS name is representative of the good things found under the hood: an AMG-sourced engine that delivers a total of 760 HP - 90 HP more than the Zonda Cinque and 20 HP more than the Zonda R . This extra power will undoubtedly be enough to sprint the car to a top speed of more than 217 mph.
UPDATE 04/05/2012: Youtube user OuncesofAwesome12 was able to get up close and personal with the Zonda 760 RS and brought his video camera along for the ride. The video doesn’t exactly scream quality - the camera is very shaky and the angles are terrible - but at least we get a good deal more details than the random cropped image we had before. Then there’s the end of the video when we get to here the Zonda 760 RS’ amazing engine. Hit the jump for the video!
This 14-minute documentary features the Pagani Huayra and the companies that helped make it the beautiful combination of art and technology it has become. The video explores the Huayra’s air and wind inspired carbon fiber and titanium body design, the hand-built 6.0L twin-turbo AMG V12, the hand-assembled MHG custom tuned exhaust, the tailor-made Dani Group leather interior, and the 1000 components that are made by ASPA, including the Huayra emblem that is cut from a solid block of aluminum in a 24-hour process.
The Huayra is built with what are most likely the highest standards in the industry. Every part of this car is produced to utter perfection. Perhaps the most beautiful piece of technology on the Huayra is the active aerodynamics system: The car’s computer system monitors its behavior, and aerodynamic surfaces on all four corners of the car adjust accordingly, with the back two surfaces even acting as emergency brakes to assist the lightweight Brembos at high speed. This is not just a supercar; it is the supercar that the Ferrari F12berlinetta and Lamborghini Aventador dream about at night.
The Pagani Huayra’s V12 engine makes 700hp and 740lb-ft. of torque. The 2,970 lb. supercar is capable of hitting 230 mph, though Pagani Automobili focuses more on dynamic driving than top speed. The Huayra was supposed to hit the U.S. market this year, but the NHTSA forced a delay by blocking U.S. sales until advanced airbag systems are installed in every car. Pagani argued that implementing the advanced airbags would cost millions, but ultimately decided to spend the extra production money. The safer Pagani Huayra will likely go on sale in America in 2013 and is expected to cost a cool $1.4 million.
Let us know what you think of this amazing work of art in the comments below.
The introduction of the Pagani Huayra came and went rather quickly, and although videos of the super car have been sprouting all over the internet, it’s nice to see that Pagani was working on a special edition to revamp its exquisiteness. The Huayra Carbon Edition joined the Huayra White Edition in the short list of special models offered by the Italian sports car manufacturer.
The Carbon Fiber Edition obviously uses tons of carbon fiber to set it apart from the standard, but that’s where the differences end. The model has dropped its usual paint job in favor of carbon fiber coating, with the same material also being used for many of the interior elements starting with the dashboard and going up to accents on the premium leather seats.
Aside from the carbon fiber extravaganza, the Huayra Carbon Edition maintains all of the standard Huayra’s luxurious amenities, including its twin-turbocharged V12 engine. This engine is good for 700 HP and 738 lb-ft of torque and in the standard model, will sprint the super car from 0 to 60mph in just 3.3 seconds up to a top speed of 230 mph.