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Supercars are the pinnacle of automotive engineering. In general terms they’re the most technically advanced and capable machines found on the open road or closed circuit. Without question the Pagani Zonda Revolucion is one of the most impressive.
Supercar maker Pagani has released a new cryptic teaser clip that asks, “can you decipher the clues?”
Horacio Pagani has never built a boring car in his life, starting as the designer of Lamborghinis and moving on to create his own over-the-top super car company, Pagani.
A biography has been released by Pagani, celebrating the life and times of its founder, and showcasing his youth and how he came to be the creator of some amazing cars.
Born in 1955 in Argentina, Horacio Pagani had only early European car magazines for influence as a young boy. The man also idolized Leonardi Da Vinci and tried to replicate Da Vinci’s idea that art and science can be married into one practice.
At a young age, Pagani was already designing cars that had futuristic looks, and eventually went on to get his first work in the industry at Lamborghini.
Watch the first video in the series here.
If you had twelve children every year, would you love them all the same? It might be hard to keep track, but as is true with any parent, seeing one of your babies hurt would be tragic.
While it’s a bit much to think of cars as children, and some people do, the Pagani Zonda is a rarity in the luxury supercar market because the company only produced one every month starting in 1999 and stopped production last year. That is enough to tug on enthusiast heart strings and evoke a passionate response when one of these rare birds gets its wings clipped.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what seems to have happened in Hong Kong. Pictures started floating around a forum, showcasing a wrecked Zonda in the middle of an intersection. There aren’t many other details to report on the wreck, but it’s clear from the picture that the car was on a tight city street. You can see that the driver hit a pole, but beyond that it’s tough to speculate on the incident. Click here to see the forum for yourself.
GALLERY: Pagani Zonda F Roadster
Oh, the humanity! Pagani’s Zonda supercar was one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful cars of all time, but a purported spy shot coming from a Spanish language car magazine shows the Pagani Huayra to be a catfish-mouthed monstrosity, with all manner of gills, bulging headlights and a snout that looks like its perpetually open.
Sure, the car will cost over $1 million, be limited to 20 units per year and produce absolutely blistering performance, but…that face! We just can’t get over it. Lesson to supercar makers – different doesn’t have to be ugly. Just look at the Ferrari FF.
Pagani’s new C9 supercar will get an all-new, custom made AMG motor, according to a statement just released by the company. The bulletin states that
The engine of the Pagani C9 is not a derivative of the AMG V12 engine developed for the SL65 Black Series, nor is the AMG V12 engine in the SL65 Black Series derived from the engine AMG is currently developing for the Pagani C9.The cars are very different in their character and conception and the engine will reflect this in its technical characteristics and behavior. The engine in the Pagani C9 has been developed specifically for that application by Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
Pagani has previously used AMG V12s, specifically the rare, but not tailor-made 7.3L V12 that was featured in ultra-rare vehicles like the limited production SL63. With AMG moving to turbocharged powerplants and smaller V8s, it’s possible that the new C9 will continue using a naturally aspirated V12, one that would require low volume production by AMG. Pagani has been able to use AMG engines due to parent company Mercedes-Benz’s relationship with Juan Manuel Fangio, a long-time Mercedes driver.
Pagani’s Zonda supercar is the exotic that just won’t quit. Despite a production run of nearly 10 years, and replacement rumors that rival JFK assassination theories.
While a replacement is supposed to be on the way, Pagani is still accepting commissions for new Zondas, and their latest creation, the Zonda RAK, has been ordered up by German auto dealer Auto Salon Singen.
Mechanically identical to the Zonda Cinque, the supercar gets a 700 horsepower V12, but is set apart by its black and yellow paint scheme, which makes the Zonda RAK look like a pissed off insect. If this is your kind of thing, get on a plane to Germany with 1.85 million Euros, and the car is yours.
Pagani’s tradition of accepting commissions for custom made Zonda supercars doesn’t look like it’s stopping any time soon, and their latest creation, the Zonda 750, is either a cruel practical joke, or the machinations of an eccentric rich guy whose aesthetic sensibilities have gone off the deep end.
Aside from the awful paint job, the Zonda 750 gets a custom rear window, and possibly a horsepower bump from 678 to 750 horsepower. For now, we only have these concept draws to go by. Hopefully, that’s all we’ll ever see of this strange creation.
Gallery: Pagani Zonda 750
Aston Martin is claiming that their upcoming One-77 supercar, with a 7.3L V12 putting out 750 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. The closest competitor in the power stakes is the Pagani Zonda Clubsport, which puts out similar torque but only 681 horsepower.
Only 77 examples will be built for an estimated cost of $1.8 million dollars. “The One-77 is approaching a production reality and of course, there is considerable excitement in the project. Now the next steps are all about details and refinement to complete the composition. I know the final car will demonstrate what the Aston Martin team is capable of,” said Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin’s CEO, to Autocar.
Pagani seems to make quite a few special edition Zonda’s, and we’d be proud to own any of them. The Tricolore is particularly awesome because it pays tribute to the Italian Air Force’s elite aerobatics team, the Frecce Tricolori.
As the squad is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, Pagani decided to honor them with a special edition Zonda Tricolore. The video is pretty low drama as far as car action goes, but if you like airplanes, it’s worth a look.
Hit the jump to check out the Pagani Zonda Tricolore in action
Pagani’s successor to the Zonda, code named the C9, will continue to rely on AMG for motivation, but in a new twin-turbo format. According to a new report by AutoCar, the Zonda successor will rely on the 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine currently used in Mercedes models like the SL600 and SL65, making around 690-hp and 737 ft-lbs of torque.
The choice of engine is part of a larger plan by Pagani to expand into the lucrative U.S. market.
The Zonda model never met EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) or DOT (Department of Transportation) regulations and so it could not be driven in the U.S. Using this new engine, the new emissions regs won’t be an issue (although don’t expect good fuel economy) and an all new chassis made of carbon-titanium is being designed to meet DOT rules.
Pagani is expected to debut the C9 at the Geneva Auto Show next March with sales to begin later that year.
Automotive News, not generally known for its “enthusiast content” published a blog about Germany’s famed 13-mile Nurburgring race track, and how car companies are touting their ‘Ring times more and more in their advertising campaigns. We can’t help but wonder how many cars will be sold on that basis, and whether it’s worth paying attention to Nurburgring lap times anymore.
Hit the jump for more
As Pagani winds down production of their Zonda supercar, a specially comissioned version, known as the Zonda HH, is being built for a wealthy American customer. According to internet forum Teamspeed, this example will have the most powerful engine available mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and the body will be painted a special Lamborghini blue.
With 680 horsepower on tap, the Zonda HH will also get the top pick of all parts, with a special carbon titanium tub (the only road car in the world using such a structure), center lock wheels, carbon brakes and a titanium exhaust system rounding out the spec sheet. The “owner” describes it as a cross between a Zonda Cinque and a Zonda F.
Hit the jump to read the post from the owner of the Pagani Zonda HH.
Pagani namesake Horacio Pagani told Britain’s EVO Magazine that he’d like to see a smaller, cheaper, V8 model come to fruition in the next few years.
Of course, smaller and cheaper for Pagani means it costs only $500,000, rather than the full million for a Zonda, and it would likely use AMG’s 6.2L V8 (or the new 5.5 V8 twin-turbo) rather than the 7.3L V12.
Pagani currently builds 40 cars per year, so increased volumes, to the tune of a few hundred cars or so, would likely have to happen for this to be profitable. Expect it to look like the upcoming C9 (seen in spy photos above).
[Source: World Car Fans]
The Pagani Zonda R’s new record setting Nurburgring lap time of 6:47 has been captured on video, although the clip is a little light on driving action.
Clocking in at only 1:56, the montage is curious substitute for a real lap time video. We’d like to see an extended version of this clip, with all the awesome in-car sound effects. Better yet, lets see Pagani take a Zonda wheel-to-wheel racing, since, as Axis of Oversteer correctly points out, the Nurburgring record is solely for bragging rights.
[Source: Axis of Oversteer]
The Pagani Zonda is an incredible car, the culmination of one man’s dream to build a supercar that would honor the legacy of Juan Manuel Fangio, one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time.
As Zonda production comes to a close, the last example to ever be built is also the brainchild of one man. But while Horacio Pagani had to struggle and climb his way to the top to see his vision realized, the Qatari royal who is commissioning the very last Zonda, titled the Zonda Uno is able to simply throw money at whatever he wants.
The biggest detail change seems to be the robin’s egg blue color that the Qatari Royal Family’s other cars are apparently painted. No details about any mechanical changes have been announced, but rest assured it’s stupidly fast, and sounds like the Armageddon, so what else do you need to know?
The Bugatti Veyron might be faster, the Pagani Zonda more eye-catching and the Ferrari Enzo more extravagant. Nevertheless, the McLaren F1 is still regarded by most enthusiasts as the greatest car ever made, bar none. The F1 was the physical manifestation of the dreams of Gordon Murray, a savant engineer whose personal quirks ingrained in the car’s design. There’s no radio, because Murray hated listening to the radio, but there’ is a top-notch hi-fi for your own music. The engine was a BMW V12 that had more in common with an F1 engine than the opulent 12-cylinders that powered the 750iL and 850i luxo-barges. The driver sat in the middle of the car, and the engine was lined with gold, for better heat dissipation.
With the 20th anniversary of this monumental car approaching, McLaren decided to honor the F1′s owners with a dinner at the company’s headquarters in Woking, England. 21 McLaren F1s made an appearance, and with less than 100 cars in existence (and roughly 70 of those registered for road use), it was possibly the largest ever gathering of McLaren F1s.
Hit the jump to read the McLaren press release.