Clarkson thrashes Pagani Zonda R
An ear-splitting match-up between two of the loudest objects known to man
Posted: 08 Mar 2011
Add all this together. Weight of a Ford Fiesta. Gearbox from a single-seater racer. And 740bhp. And you begin to wonder why on earth it took six minutes and 47 seconds to do a lap of the Nürburgring. I suspect the driver stopped half-way round for a nap.
I certainly haven't driven anything in my life that goes so quickly. It revs like a b******, screams like a psychopath stuck in a gin trap, hurls itself at the end of the runway and before you've stopped gurning, the speedo is reading 320kph. That's a nice round 200mph.
There was much, much more to come, but the road was running out, so it was time to try out the brakes. The figures say it will get from 125mph to a dead-stop in 4.3 seconds. The fact is that 15 minutes after I'd become stationary, my face was still doing about 70.