We all like to see an Horatio Pagani built Zonda, but at this years 2012 Carfest we was lucky enough to have a visit by the Zonda F.
Zonda F was designed to reflect the shared philosophy between Horacio Pagani and world champion race driver Juan Manuel Fangio, which entails a commitment to a mission, a vision and a goal without neglecting essential concepts such as lightness, safety, performance and inventiveness. Their tight friendship, which was soon heading far beyond the simple desire for a Mercedes-Benz engine, reached its highest point in 2005 with the creation of the Zonda F supercar, with logo, design concept and name entirely dedicated to Fangio.
The Pagani atelier, therefore, takes its design inspiration from the Fangio model and the outcome is an innovative and exclusive creation featuring a 12-cylinder Mercedes-AMG 12 engine, more evolved and lightweight, astonishing and fascinating compared to its predecessors, with maximum output power of 650 HP and 780 Nm torque. By following this path, Pagani manages to achieve a rare gem of luxury, endowed with character, style and a personality of its own, which reflects not only the artisan touch of its creator, but also his very inspiration.
Zonda F is the first car ever to display, upon client’s request, an exclusive bodywork in natural surface carbon fibre, according to a project philosophy which is just as transparent, pure and natural.
Moreover, the staff at the Pagani atelier convey to the client the same love for tradition and the same passion for historic race cars like those driven by the fabulous Fangio, thanks to the great professionalism and attentive care towards interior details, like the Nardi steering wheel in precious wood finished by hand or the new dashboard inspired to the art and craft of antique master clockmakers.
Zonda F is an extremely lightweight car, achieved by the utilization of parts made of titanium, aluminium and inconel.
The length of the intake manifolds are optimized for more sophisticated power regimes and shapes, thanks to the aid of the Hydroforming technology used in high-pressure moulding. The airbox contour has been developed to achieve a uniformly distributed airflow across the bench, according to a design that could be easily integrated into this unique car. By positioning the exhaust manifolds in a predetermined area, in compliance with the Formula 1 standards, the exhaust system itself ensures an enhanced flow of gas emissions.