A Pagani Zonda is never shy of a drive at the racetrack, a fact that was undermined numerous times in the past with records for production vehicles at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. With the input of its avid track focused customers, the Pagani team has created the Zonda R using bespoke engineering solutions to meet the performance
demands for a trackday version of the highly popular Zonda F.
The Zonda C12 F debuted at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. It is the most extensive reengineering of the Pagani car yet, though it shares much with its predecessors including the 7.3 L V12. Power is increased to 602 PS (443 kW; 594 hp) with a special clubsport model producing 650 PS (480 kW; 640 hp). The company promises a 3.5 second sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h), a top speed over 215 mph (346 km/h). The Zonda F clubsport has a power to weight ratio of 528 bhp/ton (384 W/kg). An Enzo Ferrari, comparatively, has a power to weight ratio of 483 bhp/ton (356 W/kg).
The top speed can be further tweaked by adjusting the aerodynamic settings. 215 mph (346 km/h) is the car’s top speed on the setting for the best handling which provides the most down force but also has the highest drag coefficient. If the aerodynamic settings were adjusted the top speed would be a bit higher. This also seems to be the reason that when EVO Magazine attempted the Pagani Zonda S’s top speed on the Autobahn, that they were only able to get the car to 197 mph (317 km/h), as opposed to its claimed top speed of 220 mph (350 km/h). It would make sense that if the car was set up for maximum downforce then its top speed would drop to around 200 mph (320 km/h). Company representatives at Pagani’s factory backed up this claim. However, the EVO article claimed that aerodynamic parts, specifically ones which created drag were in fact removed during the run, bringing Pagani’s claims into question.
The interior has been designed to offer a perfect environment for the driver. The controls are limited to the indispensable, but the quality finish reflects the usual demanding Pagani standards. The bespoke Toora seats are FIA homologated and comply to latest HANS standards, five-point safety belts and a CrMo roll-cage assure the occupants’ safety.
The lucky owners of the Zonda R will experience a level of performance on the track, that is simply not possible on the road. A power-to-weight ratio of 701 hp-per-ton will catapult them from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2,7 seconds, the Brembo carbon ceramic brakes ensure the car comes to a standstill even quicker.
The Zonda R is built in a limited production run and sold at a price of 1.460.000 Euro plus taxes, a performance machine, a track toy, a collectors item, a masterpiece signed by Horacio Pagani.
Legendary Italian supercar-maker Pagani first showed us its track version of the Zonda at the Vienna Auto Show in January and now they have released full specifications and plenty of photos. Called the Zonda R, this track-only machine weighs just 2,359 lbs and makes 750hp!
The Zonda F Clubsport lapped the Nürburgring, in 7 minutes 27.82 seconds, beating the Porsche Carrera GT. It was since surpassed by the 2009 Corvette ZR1 on 7 June 2008, with a time of 7 minutes 26.4 seconds. With Marc Basseng at the wheel the Zonda F CS has set a new time around the Nürburgring, lapping the 12.9 miles (21 km) Nordschleife in 7:24.7 now only surpassed by the Maserati MC12 which set a time of 7:24.3, the Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR with a time of 7:22.1. and the Radical SR8LM with a record time of 6:48.
Production of the Zonda F will be limited to 25 cars, not US compatible. The next model (codenamed C9), due to be unveiled in 2009, will be fully EPA/DOT compatible.
Making the car a true track machine is the fully adjustable suspension, as well as adjustable aerodynamics. Pagani says the Zonda R can be set up to produce as much as 3,307 lbs of downforce – which is, theoretically, enough to to allow the Zonda R to drive upside down and still stick to a surface.
Alternatively, the car can be adapted for high speed, with a top speed rating of 217 mph.
As this is a dedicated track machine, the Zonda R comes equipped with a roll cage and an FIA homolgated racing seats with five-point safety belts.
Other state-of-the-art items include Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and an inconel exhaust – the same sort of exhaust used of Formula 1 cars.
The Pagani Zonda R will be produced in a limited number with Horacio Pagani signing each vehicle. The cost of ownership is extraordinary, with an MSRP of 1,460,000 Euros or roughly $1.9 million.
The Zonda F, named after Formula One driver Juan Manuel Fangio, comes with an extra head light and different fog lights at the sides, new bodywork (revised front end, new rear spoiler, more aerodynamic vents all around) that improves the cars aerodynamics and different side mirrors. Further enhancements over the ‘S’ centre around optional carbon/ceramic brakes developed in conjunction with Brembo, magnesium wheels, inconel titanium exhaust system, hydroformed aluminum intake plenum and a redesigned ‘Z preg’ weave in the crash structure to improve rigidity and reduce weight.
Engine: Mercedes-Benz AMG – M120 – 12 cylinder V 60°, 48 valves;
displacement 5987 ccm, dry sump.
Max. Power: (kW) hp/rpm: (551) 750 / 7.500.
Max. Torque: Nm/rpm: 710/5.700.
Stroke: 80,20 mm.
Bore: 89,00 mm.
Traction control: 12 Stage – Bosch Motorsport traction control system.
Intake: Single throttle bodies, mechanically operated.
Exhaust system: Hydroformed Inconel, ceramic coated.
Transmission: Longitudinal mid engine; rear wheel drive
with self-locking differential.
Gearbox: XTRAC 672 bespoke magnesium casing gearbox,
6 speed sequential dog gearchange with Automac
Engineering AMT system.
Carbon-ceramic brakes: 4 ventilated Brembo disks, hydraulic power brake.
12 Stage – Bosch Motorsport Race ABS.
Dischi: Front 380×34 mm 6 piston caliper;
Rear 380×34 mm 4 piston caliper.
Wheels: Forged alloy APP wheels; 19” front, 20” rear.
Tyres: Pirelli P Zero Zonda R: ant. 255/35/19; post. 335/30/20.
Suspensions: 4 independent wheels with double A-arm;
Forged Avional suspension arms; pull rod helical springs and
Öhlins adjustable shock absorbers.
Structure: Central carbon-Titanium chassis, Engine is a stressed member;
front and rear Cr Mo space frames;
bodywork carbon fiber MD System.
Dimensions: Length 4886 mm; Width 2014 mm;
height 1141 mm; Wheelbase 2785 mm;
Dry weight 1070 kg.
Safety: Roll cage in Cr Mo steel; carbon fibre seats HANS compatible;
five point harness.
Performance: 0-100 km/h in 2,7 sec.; Top speed: > 350 km/h.
Weight-to-Power ratio: 1,43 kg/hp.