Amazing Pagani Zonda F ( photos )

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The Pagani Zonda is a mid-engined sports car built by the Italian manufacturer Pagani. It debuted in 1999, and production ended in 2011, with three special edition cars, the Zonda 760RS, Zonda 760LH and the Zonda 764 Passione, being produced in 2012, and another special edition car, the Zonda 760RSJX, being produced at the end of 2014. By June 2009, 135 Zondas had been built, including development mules. Both 2-door coupé and roadster versions have been produced. Construction is mainly of carbon fiber.

Some of the early Zonda engineering was done by Formula One champion Juan Manuel Fangio. The car was originally to be named the “Fangio F1” after him, but, following his death in 1995, it was renamed for the Zonda wind, a regional term for an air current above Argentina.

Zonda F
The Zonda F (or Zonda Fangio – named after Formula One driver Juan Manuel Fangio) debuted at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. It was the most extensive re-engineering of the Zonda yet, though it shared much with its predecessors including the 7.3 L AMG V12 engine which through enhanced intake manifolds, exhaust and a revised ECU now produced 602 PS (443 kW; 594 hp) at 6150 rpm and 760 N·m (561 lb·ft) at 4000 rpm.

Production of the Zonda F was limited to 25 cars. It came equipped with an extra headlight and different fog lights at the sides, new bodywork (revised front end, new rear spoiler, more aerodynamic vents all around) that improved the car’s aerodynamics, and different side mirrors. Further enhancements over the “S” centered on optional carbon/ceramic brakes developed in conjunction with Brembo, alloy wheels, Inconel exhaust system, hydroformed aluminum intake plenum, and a redesigned “Z preg” weave in the crash structure to improve rigidity and reduce weight.

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