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Horacio Pagani unveils his latest creation, the Zonda R. It is certainly the most spectacular super car of the young Italian, until the replacement of the Pagani Zonda, scheduled for 2010. 

Horacio Pagani is not for ever, and after 10 years in front of Pagani Automobili. Pagani Zonda’s adventure began in 1999, presented a prototype designed to compete with super productions unique to Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. Each year, the halls are a number of international manufacturers of super, with a mixture of optimism and unconscious child, do seek shade Ferrari. The next year have disappeared. It is not the case of Horacio Pagani, Argentine based in Modena, which had the surety of Juan Manuel Fangio (Horacio says that the project was held in his honor), and also thanks to the Argentine champion, with the support of Mercedes that provides V12 engine (made by hand at the AMG as the slogan of “a motor operator). The first model was the Zonda C12 S, arrived in 2005 and 2006 Zonda F, the Zonda F Roadster. F, referring to Fangio, represents the most accomplished and worked in the saga Zonda, which meets all the technical advances that have been contributing to super throughout these years. The most visible changes are mostly aerodynamic Order: wing in one piece, elongated snout and a new rear diffuser. The engine also saw its power increase (from 602 to 650 hp) and the incorporation of more powerful brakes than the C12S. The benefits are simply seismic F with a 0 to 100 km / h in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 345 km / h. 

As a Rolls-Royce 

While some customers use their Pagani car like a Rolls-Royce, many others-the majority-do not hesitate to squeeze the potential of this beast occasionally resorting to any other wave in the circuit. Moreover, Horacio Pagani decided to demonstrate that, despite being a certified car, the Zonda F is able to sign cronos infarction circuit. In September 2007, approached the Nürburgring Pagani. Marc Bassenge with the pilot at the wheel, a Zonda F Club Sport (ie, a somewhat lighter F) marked a return to almost 21 km of 
Nordschleife in 7 minutes 27 s 82, despite a wet asphalt. In August 2008, the same driver with the car managed a time of 7 minutes 24 s 7. A record. Beyond the timers, the most impressive is that after having sold more than 24 F Coupe, C12S others and a dozen roadsters, Horacio was no vacation. Could have gone to spend a few days at his Santa Fe home or get lost in some South Pacific island paradise. But no. Return to the load with two very different new models, the Zonda Cinque (a limited number of units of a 5 F something radical than usual-no haste, they’re all sold) and the Zonda R. The engineering team created a version Pagani radical, and only suitable for use in a circuit, derived from the Zonda F. The idea came from a good customer Italo Horacio residing in United States, which already owns 3 Zonda: C12S one, a roadster and a Zonda Monza – a unique version, and only custom-fit for circuit .Por apparently for fourth Zonda, this man turned to the “heathen” despite having visited the holy places of Maranello (Ferrari) and Sant’Agata Bolognese (Lamborghini), wanted an even more radical. While his C12S Monza is prepared, your new toy should be a completely new model, hence the completion of R. And despite the aesthetic similarities between a Zonda F and R, only 10% of the components of it are common in F. 

Attention to detail “made in Zonda” 

The R is 394 mm longer than an F, your battle has been stretched 47 mm and 50 mm channels widened. The structure is a central monocoque made of carbon fiber reinforced with titanium, which makes an incredible stiffness with a ridiculously low weight. The components of the suspension with new front and rear-subchasis are forged in aeronautical material (Avional) for their structural properties (lightness and strength). The attention to detail has led the brand to equip the car with tire jacks integrated, as in cars of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and magnesium forged rims with central fixing nut. Following the philosophy of use in a circuit, the fuel tank is a competition (ie, soft) and has 4 petrol bombs and a rapid filling pressure. The carrier and the structure also have an arc of security. Safety is a priority. And despite not correspond to any approval for any FIA championship, only to enjoy, have fun circuit should not pose a risk to the pilot. Similarly, the pilot has available a traction control and ABS, both Bosch Motorsport, fully adjustable from the dashboard in the intensity of their interventions, that is more or less action limit. The baquets Toora are unique to the R, but they are FIA approved and support the use of helmets with HANS system. The heart of the Zonda R, obviously, is its engine. Here is not used to ease the solution of (over-) to achieve high power and torque values. V12 is the 60th home to Mercedes debuting his career encouraging the CLK GTR in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Some of its features are of a carter dry, a carbon fiber intake and exhaust line is very similar in design and materials to those used in Formula 1. This jewel of 750 hp at 8,000 rpm and 710 Nm is produced by hand by one operator at the special AMG engine, in which it was made of the V8 Mercedes SLR McLaren. For the first time in a Pagani, the engine is not associated with conventional manual gearbox but with a sequential 6-mounted transverse position relations. This is an Xtrac box that makes changes in 20 milliseconds. Come on, that the human brain to change is almost instantaneous. As is natural due to the use of circuit Zonda R, changes are made via the cams on the steering wheel. Aerodynamics is another key point of the Zonda R. 

Inspired by the Group C 

The original design of the Zonda is the work of Horacio own. Drew inspiration from the Group C cars that raced at Le Mans in the early 90’s. Logically, the R, recovered much of those features and charge a new meaning and legitimacy in a car circuit. Various aerodynamic appendages are adjustable, a screen shows the interior of the support that is available at all times, thus it is possible to increase or decrease support based on the circuit in which we will be playing. For example, it can provide support to 1500 kg 350 km / h (maximum speed R). And in a car that weighs little more than a Fiat 500 1.4 (R weighs 1070 kg) and 750 hp, the aerodynamic support is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Speaking of weight / power ratio, R is the 701 hp / tonne, surpassing the 530 happily HP / tonne of the Bugatti Veyron. Enough for the Zonda R is catapulted from 0 to 100 km / h in 2.7 seconds. Naturally, the brakes are Brembo carbocerámicos. The development of the Zonda R kept busy engineers Pagani past three years, but the car is ready and has run successfully in Monza, meeting the same standards of performance, quality and durability of Pagani. But best of all, is that R satisfies all the requirements for a super who is already part of the history of the automobile with the most exclusive Ferrari and Porsche, the Bugatti, Delage and AutoUnion. Like many models of these brands are simply overwhelming their services, was commissioned by a wealthy client who wanted it almost suits your tastes and is also a pure work of art. What’s hot no doubt. That had to think of the first client Zonda R, which strangely is not the apostle of “paganism” that stated at the outset, but a collector who will present their R … classroom. That, along with the car (1.3 million euros plus taxes) will receive a hi-fi equipment, whose design is inspired by Zonda, valued at 100,000 euros you can hear your car to run on Nürburgring and Le Mans. No comments. 

Of course, it’s impossible to put everything about Pagani Zonda into just one article. But you can’t deny that you’ve just added to your understanding about Pagani Zonda, and that’s time well spent.


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