Is Pagani Afraid to Go Racing?
Pagani’s latest track-only weapon, the $3.7 million Huayra R, is still warm having been taken out of Horacio’s oven only recently. With 840 horsepower that has to move around just 2,314 pounds of weight, this V-12-powered beauty is a worthy sequel to the Zonda R but it leaves us with one big question: why doesn’t Pagani go racing? We know the people working there love racing, it’s noticeable at every step when you look at a Pagani yet Horacio never spent much to see the Pagani name in competition.
The Pagani Zonda’s history begins in 1999 with the Zonda C12. That model paved the way for models like the Zonda S 7.3, Zonda Roadster, Zonda Cinque, and the Zonda R, to name a few. The best model of all, however, was produced in just five examples and was called the Zonda Revolucion. As Pagani put it, the Revolucion was “The evolution of the species, the revolution in the concept of art applied to pure speed.” In comparison to the Zondas that came before it, the Revolucion brought about new features and a new aerodynamic package that included a new rear wing and a new drag reduction system. More importantly, the Mercedes-sourced mill that powers the beast also got a little updating as well.
At the time of its release, Horacio Pagani – the Owner and chief designer of Pagani – said, “Limits are made to be overcome. We knew that Pagani Zonda R was already a fast car, the fastest ever on the Nuerburgring Nordschleife. We knew it would be very difficult to design and build a car that was even more extreme. But thanks to the creativity of our designers, engineers, and the whole Pagani family, we created a beautiful object and the fastest Pagani vehicle ever. A car that I am sure will electrify all our customers and fans all over the world.”
The Zonda Revolucion was unveiled at the 2013 Vanishing Point during the International Pagani Gathering. It was priced at €2.2 million, which translates to roughly $2.8 million at the currency conversion rate back in 2013. With only five examples produced, four of them were sold during the private presentation, which made a very good weekend for the Pagani family. With that said, let’s take a look back at what is, arguably, the best Zonda model ever made.
Continue reading for our full review of the Pagani Zonda Revolucion.