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It’s A Pagani Zonda F

written by John Chow on January 20, 2007

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A few blog readers with sharp eyesight have noticed that I am running a new header. For those who are wondering what cars those are, they’re the Zonda F by Pagani Automobili. The Zonda F represents the ultimate in Italian Supercars. If there was ever a car that could be considered art, this is it.

The Zonda F is built completely by hand. There will only be 25 made, thus ensuring you won’t see another one in your city (or country for that matter). The 7.3 Liter AMG V-12 puts out 602HP (a 650HP Clubsport version is also available). Even more amazing, the car weighs just 2706 pounds thanks to the use of various exotic – and very expensive – materials. The body is made of carbon fiber, the wheels are made of magnesium and the exhaust is made of titanium.

The low weight helps the Zonda F achieve 1.4 g on the skidpad, a number that was once seen only on racing cars. That much power applied to such a small amount of mass results in 0 to 124MPH in less than 10 seconds, and the car will make it all the way to a top speed of 215MPH.

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How much does all this cost? The Pagani Zonda F is the most expensive car you cannot buy if you live in North America. The car is illegal here because it doesn’t meet US emission or safety standards. This has not stop a few extremely wealthy enthusiasts from bringing them into the country for “off road” use.

The two Zonda Fs in my header were originally silver and did not match my blue theme. I thought about emailing Horacio Pagani to make some blue Zonda Fs and retake the photo, but concluded he would just tell me to get lost in Italian. Instead, I commissioned Justin from My PC Rig to work some Photoshop magic.

Below is a Top Gear video review of the Zonda F. The sound coming out of the exhaust is worth the price of admission. Watch the video and you’ll see/hear what I mean.

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{ 38 comments }

Alex Becker January 20, 2007 at 9:13 pm

He did a nice job on the photoshop.
The interior looks very nice. Probably the only red interior I like.

Tyler January 20, 2007 at 9:31 pm

Neat looking car.

Now to photoshop myself into the interior!

Nick Witkoski January 20, 2007 at 9:41 pm

“DEEEEAAAAR GOD” thats a good quote from the video clip :P

Gdog January 20, 2007 at 9:43 pm

That top gear vid was pretty sweet. Damn, that is one fine machine.

Ryan January 20, 2007 at 9:58 pm

Sign me up for one. :D

TheAnand January 20, 2007 at 9:59 pm

the new header is not good enuf for your blog. . .i prefer the older one. . .it lookd much better

Leftblank January 21, 2007 at 1:59 am

I agree, it should be more light if you ask me, now it doesn’t quite match the colors.

Raghu January 22, 2007 at 7:56 am

Prefer the old header – dint like the chosen Blue that much !

My New Choice January 20, 2007 at 10:23 pm

I’ll second the comment that I am not crazy about this new header. The two cars make it seem too busy or something as I find it distracting.

JBagley January 20, 2007 at 11:40 pm

Who really wants a Pangani “whats-ur-face” if you could have a Bugatti Veyron. There just is no comparison. :-)

John Chow January 21, 2007 at 12:05 am

The Veyron is a blunt instrument with no fineness what-so-ever. I would take a Zonda F over a Veyron any day. There’s a reason why Bugatti has not let Top Gear take it around their track. It would be embarrassed to death. 602HP and 2700lbs equals record setting lap times. 1000HP and 4200lbs equals “I hope there are no turns!”

BTW – The 650HP Zonda F clubsport has a better power to weight ratio than the Veyron. :)

Alex Becker January 21, 2007 at 7:03 am

Yea the Bugatti is way bigger than the Zonda. Although I believe that Top Gear did test a Bugatti.

John Chow January 21, 2007 at 10:36 am

Yes, Top Gear did test the Bugatti but they were not allowed to take it around their track to try and get on the leader board. I’ll give you one guess why. :)

Nick Witkoski January 21, 2007 at 1:22 pm

i too like the bugatti, i like the lines on it better, regardless of how fast it goes.

Leftblank January 21, 2007 at 1:55 am

Lovely car and nice job with Photoshop, if you would’ve have told me I sure thought those were just blue.

Nomar January 21, 2007 at 2:51 am

amazing car !!!

StrangeProgress January 21, 2007 at 3:36 am

Hey yeah I just noticed that new header image – nice one. Looks great.

What a screaming banshee of a car too.

Scott Howard January 21, 2007 at 3:42 am

What an awesome car, definately has an Italian touch.

Chris January 21, 2007 at 9:10 am

Yes, the sound alone is the deal maker for me on this one. Fast and nimble … wish they were street legal in the US and maybe — just maybe — I could save for the rest of my life and get a chance to drive one.

Alex Becker January 21, 2007 at 10:21 am

I like how in the first part of the cooment you sound like you could aford it but there are other reasons you cant get one. LOL. :)

Kiltak January 21, 2007 at 11:06 am

Speaking of the Zonda, you might want to check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U09ORh9uf8&eurl=

Amazing!

umberto romano January 21, 2007 at 2:09 pm

Wow, this is a real fast car!!!!!
The new header is not cool as the old one.

Marc January 21, 2007 at 3:04 pm

I preferred the older header, the Vette in motion conveyed so much more than the two parked Italian buggies.

I’m more of a moderately practical car kind of guy myself. I’m sure the extreme exotics would be fun to drive, but they’re just not me.

I prefer the American muscle of a nice new Corvette, 2008 Challenger or Shelby GT 500. I use the word loosely here, but they’re far more practical cars for my tastes :)

Nate W. January 21, 2007 at 3:18 pm

Great choice, John. The Zonda F has always been one of my favorite supercars. I am continually impressed with your knowledge of supercars. The Zonda F, however, is only second in looks, speed, and overall ridiculousness to the Gemballa Carerra GT Mirage Edition. Google that and let your jaw drop. In fact, maybe I will write about it on my blog. ;)

John Chow January 21, 2007 at 3:59 pm

The Gemballa is a tuner car, not a production car. Very few tuners can make a car better than the factory (I think more like none). Sure they may be able to make it goes faster but they upset the overrall package and balance that the factory delivered.

Nate W. January 22, 2007 at 12:14 am

I posted some information about the Mirage GT on my blog: http://natewhitehill.com/2007/01/21/the-ultimate-streetcar-gemballa-mirage-gt

Yes, I agree that few tuners can improve on a car, but this is a prime example of one that can. They took an unbelievably amazing car and made it look better and go faster. Gemballa is world-renowned for being one of the best Porsche tuners.

Vinay January 21, 2007 at 7:28 pm

The Zondas are absolutely stunning mind-blowing examples of supercar artwork. They are beautiful cars, but I agree with some of the above comments that your C6 Z06 header was just a better header. The Bright Blue Z06 header was Eye-Popping. This one isn’t.
BTW, you mentioned a couple of north-americans importing Zondas for ‘off-road’ use. I know Wyclef Jean was one of them – A couple of pictures of his Pagani Zonda were submitted to my site. I have heard that he sold the car since.

Raghu January 22, 2007 at 7:56 am

Amazing car – what else can one say !

Jane January 22, 2007 at 11:04 am

I blasted my speakers to get the full effect of the video…I can still here that damn exhaust….huh, did you say something??

Alex Becker January 22, 2007 at 11:56 am

The exhaust is nice,m but when I think of the pollution it makes I almost cry.

Jane January 22, 2007 at 3:12 pm

haha…minor details ;-)

John January 22, 2007 at 3:05 pm

Eventually someone will bring a Pagani Zonda F to the Cars & Coffee show in Irvine, CA…

Michael Kwan January 22, 2007 at 6:24 pm

I’m wondering, though, what relevance does a supercar have to being a dot com mogul (other than it being a rather hefty reward for your hard work as a Google whore).

John Chow January 22, 2007 at 11:54 pm

The cars represent the goal! :)

Phil Voice January 23, 2007 at 1:02 am

Hi John

I have only just found your site and I like it. I will show it to my son when he comes home because the Zonda is one of his favourites:)

He is 13 and loves Top Gear avidly and all the repeats over and over. Aston Martin is his real ‘wish for car’ and when he gets on the school bus in the morning I shout Aston Martin to him as an incentive to do well:)

All the best

Phil

p.s. bookmarked

Hawaii SEO January 23, 2007 at 1:04 am

I’ve never seen a bigger waste of money. Even if I was fabulously wealthy, I still wouldn’t want one.

Hawaii SEO January 23, 2007 at 1:06 am

I guess I could circle the island real fast but that would get old quick.

Raymond.CC January 23, 2007 at 3:56 am

Guess what, I saw a Zonda on highway before. Police was escorting the Zonda and the registration number for that car was “TMJ”

So you know who in Malaysia has one of this babe ;)