Pagani Zonda R: official details and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

The Pagani Zonda F is an intuitive road car that is easy to drive that sets the standard for safety, comfort, and reduced overall weight. Completed in high quality finish plus attention to detail make the Zonda F one of the most coveted supercars which has translated into the selling out in quite a brief period of time of its 25 Coupe variants.

Meanwhile, the Zonda R, the design of which was started from the bottom up, comes with only about 10 percent of the components of the Zonda F. Special features would include: Avional forged suspension, fresh Pagani 6-speed transversal sequential gear, monocoque in carbon fiber, and a four pump fuel tank.

The machine comes with an extended wheelbase by about 47mm compared to the Zonda F and an overall height by 394mm while the track is boosted by about 50mm.

Aerodynamics and body structure have been enhanced to generate the maximum downforce. Although intended for the track, the Zonda R was finished with Pagani road car quality. The engine under the hood of the Zonda comes from racing specialists at Mercedes AMG equipped with dry sump for lower center of gravity.

The self-sufficient powerplant, which generates 750hp at 8000 rpm and 710Nm of torque is outfitted with a high-performance lightweight carbon fiber air intake system, F1-based exhaust system that was hydroformed in Inconel 625 and coated in ceramic for optimum heat dissipation, and a racing clutch with multiple disc sinter.

Equipped with longer front hood complete with flaps, closed underbody and rear overhang that comes with an adaptable rear wing and a racing-based diffuser all combine to produce tremendous aerodynamics that enables unbelievable cornering velocities. Downforce is logged and displayed constantly providing a sound basis for adapting the wings for the best configuration at each track.

The inside is so designed to accommodate both driver and passenger on customized seats with the highest support possible especially when issues concerning G-force come to the fore. The instrument panel from Digitek offers important details and sophisticated telemetry via a host of sensors that simultaneously monitor all car components.

Press Release

Pagani Zonda R

Pagani Zonda is never shy of a drive at the racetrack, a fact that was proven numerous times in the past with records for production vehicles at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. With the input of its avid track focused customers, the Pagani team has created the Pagani Zonda R using bespoke engineering solutions to meet the performance demands for a trackday version of the highly popular Pagani Zonda F.

The central monocoque is made of a Carbon-Titanium composite, increasing rigidity while reducing significantly the weight. Bolted directly to the chassis is the Mercedes AMG 6.0 litre race derived V12 engine, with 750 hp and 710 Nm of torque. A direct throttle actuation via mechanical cable ensures immediate throttle response.

The Xtrac Magnesium cased dog ring gearbox combined with tha Automac Engineering AMT system performs gearshifts in 20ms, triggered by the drivers input on the paddles behind the steering wheel. A 12-way Bosch Motorsport traction control and ABS system allows the driver to fully adjust the settings while driving the Pagani Zonda R.

At the pits, each driver will be able to find a suitable setup thanks to a fully adjustable suspension and wing configuration. The effectiveness of the rear is matched by a complex new front bonnet, a masterpiece realised with the help of models by Ennegi, as well as the closed underbody and rear diffusor. Aerodynamic setups rage from a high downforce setting of 1.500kg to a 350kmh top speed setting.

Aspa forged AvionAl suspension components as well as machined structural ErgAl parts holding the engine and gearbox have been designed to reduce the weight of the overall car, Poggipolini Titanium screws are used on the whole car. These measures lead to a dry weight of 1.070 kg.

The interior has been designed to offer a perfect environment for the driver. The controls are limited to the indispensable, but the quality finish reflects the usual demanding Pagani standards. The bespoke Toora seats are FIA homologated and comply to latest HANS standards, five-point safety belts and a CrMo roll-cage assure the occupants' safety.

The lucky owners of the Pagani Zonda R will experience a level of performance on the track, that is simply not possible on the road. A power-to-weight ratio of 701 hp-per-ton will catapult them from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2,7 seconds, the Brembo carbon ceramic brakes ensure the car comes to a standstill even quicker.

The Pagani Zonda R is built in a limited production run and sold at a price of 1.460.000 Euro plus taxes, a performance machine, a track toy, a collectors item, a masterpiece signed by Horacio Pagani.

Technical Data

Type: Mercedes-Benz AMG - M120 - 12 cylinder V 60°, 48 valves; displacement 5987 ccm, dry sump
Max. Power: 750 hp (551 kW) @ 7.500 rpm
Max. Torque: 710Nm @ 5.700 rpm
Stroke: 80,20 mm
Bore: 89,00 mm
Traction control: 12 Stage - Bosch Motorsport traction control system
Intake: Single throttle bodies, mechanically operated
Exhaust system: Hydroformed Inconel, ceramic coated
Transmission: Longitudinal mid engine; rear wheel drive with self-locking differential
Gearbox: XTRAC 672 bespoke magnesium casing gearbox, 6 speed sequential dog gearchange with Automac Engineering AMT system
Carbon-ceramic brakes: 4 ventilated Brembo disks, hydraulic power brake 12 Stage - Bosch Motorsport Race ABS
Front: 380x34 mm 6 piston caliper
Rear 380x34 mm 4 piston caliper
Wheels: Forged alloy APP wheels; 19" front, 20" rear
Tyres: Pirelli P Zero Zonda R: ant. 255/35/19; post. 335/30/20
Suspensions: 4 independent wheels with double A-arm; Forged Avional suspension arms; pull rod helical springs and Öhlins adjustable shock absorbers
Structure: Central carbon-Titanium chassis, Engine is a stressed member; front and rear Cr Mo space frames; bodywork carbon fiber MD System
Length: 4886 mm
Width: 2014 mm
Height: 1141 mm
Wheelbase: 2785 mm
Dry weight: 1070 kg
Safety: Roll cage in Cr Mo steel; carbon fibre seats HANS compatible; five point harness
0-100 km/h: 2,7 sec
Top speed: > 350 km/h
Weight-to-Power ratio: 1,43 kg/hp

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