Page 1 of 2 Next >> Towards the very end of the Zonda production-run, Pagani launched the most extreme development yet; the Zonda R. Although still based on the Zonda design, the track-day special already incorporated many elements of the upcoming Huayra. The original example was commissioned by an Italian-American customer, who already owned three 'regular' Zondas. It would become the first of at least fifteen Zonda Rs built.
What was carried over from the previous versions was the beautiful carbon-fibre monocoque chassis. For this purpose, it was equipped with a chrome-moly, tubular roll-cage. On both ends of the central monocoque, aluminium subframes were fitted on which the suspension was mounted. This consisted of double wishbones on all four corners with rocker-actuated coil springs over dampers. Carbon-ceramic discs provided the stopping power for the high performance machine.
Engine partner AMG-Mercedes provided a competition-bred V12 that was previously used in the CLK-GTR competition car. Displacing just under six litre, it produced around 750 hp and 710 Nm of torque. Despite these performance figures, it could run for 5,000 at race pace before requiring service. An absolute work of art was the ceramic-coated, Inconel 625 exhaust system. Like the other Zondas, the 'R' featured four exhaust pipes placed in a square at the heart of the rear-end.
Another novelty was the transversely mounted gearbox supplied by British specialists XTrac. Sporting six forward gears, the sequential gearbox was operated through paddles behind the steering wheel. This was a break with tradition and philosophy for Pagani as the previous Zonda models used a more conventional manual gearbox with a three-pedal setup. Connecting the engine and gearbox was a multiple disc sintered clutch. Page 1 of 2 Next >>