Gallery: the Pagani Zonda in pics
From the humble 394bhp C12 up to the bonkers 789bhp Revolucion, here’s the Zonda story
Posted: 10 Jun 2013
Pagani Zonda F
Sir Stirling Moss calls him the Greatest Of All Time; many others would tend to agree. Whatever your persuasion, there's no denying Juan Manuel Fangio was a stupendously quick driver and one of Formula One's greats. And Horacio could count him as a personal friend.
No surprise then, that the 2005 Zonda F was Mr Pagani's dedication to his Argentine compatriot (the ‘F' is for Fangio, unsurprisingly). Underneath, you'll find the same 7.3-litre V12 as in the Zonda S, but here it gets new intake manifolds shaped using hydroforming technology, a new airbox, and a new exhaust manifold setup. As such, it boasts a whopping 600bhp and 560lb ft of torque, which is good for laying down a 0-62mph time of 3.6 seconds, a 0-124mph time of 9.8 seconds and a top speed in excess of 214mph.
Horacio even deemed it prudent to build a ‘Clubsport' version of the Zonda F, which, as you guessed, was faster. That car came with 650bhp (same as an Enzo), 575lb ft of torque and a 0-62mph time of around 3.5 seconds. It even managed to lap the Nürburgring in 7m 27.82s. Which was two-tenths of a second faster than a Porsche Carrera GT. Hmmm...
There was a Roadster version of the F, too, with the same output as the standard F, but with extra reinforcing elements in the door sill and tank area, and specially designed roll bars.