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· Pimpzilla
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This car is off the hook! Looks kinda like the new Enzo that the makers of Ferrari have put out! :eek:


After a successfull three year Zonda program, Pagani of Italy has upgraded the Zonda to include a 7.3-liter V12.

Horacio Pagani is the man behind the Zonda. With experince gained by working at Lamborghini, he brought the Zonda C12 into fruition. The first prototype was seen at the 1999 Geneva Auto Show.

As a newcomer to the supercar market, Pagani is taking on the top manufacturers. They completed this remarkable car in 1999 and will continue to sell it against the Ferrari Enzo, Porsche Carrera GT and Koenigsegg CC.

The Zonda entered the supercar market with thier extended knowledge of carbon fibre contruction. Before the car, Pagani manufactured carbon fibre components for third party manufacturers. They used the Zonda to showcase their high level of carbon fibre craftmanship.

Each car is a carbon fibre masterpiece, with every layer of fibre being carefully lined up. Indeed, the Zonda eclipses Ferrari when it comes to carbon fibre construction. Much of the car sports unpainted carbon fibre components, reminding the owner of what lies under the glossy paint.

The car is styled by Horacio himself. Early styling assistance comes from the great Juan Manuel Fangio. I have heard that motivation for the car's lines comes from Mr. Pagani's wife.

At the center of the Zonda is a Mercedes-Benz, AMG V12. New for 2002 is the 7.3 litre unit found in the 1995 SL 7.3 AMG. This is one of the largest V12s ever used in a road-going car. With increased displacement, no additional horsepower is realized. What the increased displacement offers is more torque earlier in the rpm band.

To cope with the addional torque, the Zonda now equipped with traction control. This is a new feature of the 7.3.

When considering the Zonda, it is hard not to compare it to the Ferrari Enzo. Both cars have a carbon-fibre monocoque with a midship, 550hp, V12 driving the rear wheels. Easily, the Ferrari still has many advantages. It wins in shifting, braking, aerodynamics and handling. Remember, these are the most important aspects concerning a racecar. Despite that, the Zonda wins based on price and build quality (especially in the carbon fibre department). Both exclusive cars sprint to 60 mph in roughly the same time so you 0-60 junkies can call the cars 'even'.

The most remarkable fact behind the Zonda is that, as newcomer to the supercar market, it still competes with likes of Ferrari and Porsche. The Ferrari Enzo has benefitted from fifty years of Ferrari racing while Pagani is entirely new. Horacio Pagani has done a job very few people in the world could do, and that is take on Ferrari with his first product.
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