Now it would be completely tragic if we were going to have a car site that didn’t mention the Zonda at all. Zonda was initially going to be called the Fangio F1 after Juan Manuel Fangio the F1 champion who did some of its engineering. However, after the unfortunate demise of the F1 champion the car was renamed after the Zonda winds, which is a regional air current over Argentina. Over a hundred Zondas have been produced.
Starting with the C12 released in 99’ at the Geneva Motor Show. Pagani has accomplished great work over all its Zonda models which are quite numerous to say the least. However, the last of this great model was the Pagani Zonda Revolución. The Revolución tries to capture everything Pagani has learnt over the years at their atelier in San Cesario sul Panaro in Italy.
This Zonda encapsulates the best of two worlds that is art and science. Thus, for the Revolución it isn’t just about going fast, it’s also about looking good while at it. The car is meant for track but also meant to feature comfortably in a collectors’ garage. The car was unveiled to both family and clients at the 2013 edition of “Vanishing Point”, which is an international gathering for Pagani.
The car, sports an AMG Mercedes engine, which is an advancement to the Zonda R. The Zonda R by the way is the Revolución’s predecessor. The engine is a 6.0 liter V12 which has an output of 800 hp and 730 Nm of torque. The sports car has a dry weight of 1070 kg, giving it a power to weight ratio of 748 hp per tonne. This power produces a top speed of > 350 km/h.
You can expect fast gear changes actually 20 ms to be precise with the 6 speed magnesium transversal and sequential gearbox. With a renewed ABS system and a traction control that comes with 12 different settings, you are able to adapt to the car’s behaviour with your own driving style. Continued from the Zonda R is great innovative features found in its aerodynamics. Some of these features include new deflectors for the front bonnet while a vertical stabilizer is mounted at the rear bonnet.
On the rear wing the Revolución has DRS (Drag Reduction System). This system has two operating modes which can be used by the driver at his prerogative. A DRS button at the steering wheel provides the driver with the manual option. At a lateral acceleration of + / – 0.8 g and a minimum speed of 100 km/h, the rear wing is able to go between maximum and minimum downforce settings. Also, holding the button down for more than two seconds automates the DRS to work according to Pagani’s algorithms. With this your car always stays down even when going through those sharp bends.
Revolución seems to have a thirst for adopting new cutting edge technology, and this is seen in their Bembo braking system, which uses F1-technology derived CCMR discs. Saving 15% on the weight of its predecessor the CCM discs, CCMR gives you higher stiffness and also provide you with cooler operating temperatures for extensive track use. When you take all these down, you have longer disc life of up to x4 its predecessor and significantly more braking impetus.
5 Revolucións were built with each costing an astronomical € 2.2 million before tax.
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