This week Pagani have released a documentory interview with Horacio Pagani along with the cockpit video following the record breaking lap of the Pagani Zonda R at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the most advanced track for testing mechanical stress.
The final laptime was 6:47,5 min for the 20,832 km race track in Germany.
Driven by Marc Basseng, the Zonda R beat the previous lap record of 6 minutes 48 seconds set by Michael Vergers in the Radical SR8LM.
The 1,070 kilogram Zonda R features a Mercedes-sourced 6.0-liter V12 engine which has been tuned to produce 740 hp and 710 Nm (524 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the car to thrust from 0-100 km/h in less than 2.7 seconds, before reaching a Vmax at 351 km/h (218 mph) with its current gearing setup.
Priced from €1.5 million, only 15 Zonda Rs were produced.
UK’s Peterborough sportscar manufacturer Radical Sportscars has smashed the Nürburgring production car lap record, with driver Michael Vergers posting a committed 6m48s lap time. The road-legal SR8LM smashed the previous record, also held by Radical since 2005, by an incredible eight seconds. All this, less than 24 hours after the car was driven from England to Germany for the record.
German motoring magazine Sport Auto oversaw the attempt, with the UK’s evo magazine confirming the time, which will be officially finalised tomorrow (Thursday).
Conditions for the record were perfect, with clear skies and temperatures in the high 20s. Vergers initially battled with the Nordschleife’s fearsome kerbs, jumps and bumps, but soon found the ideal setup, inspiring confidence to push harder.
“The car was great, I could push really hard and it felt clearly faster than the previous SR8 in 2005,” said Vergers. “It’s fantastic that we’ve beaten the record; hopefully I’ll get an opportunity to return with Radical in the future.”
Radical co-founder Mick Hyde said: “I’m obviously delighted, the record has been a real team effort headed up by Phil Abbott and Rob Wheldon. Dunlop have supplied us with brilliant, hard-wearing trackday tyres, indeed we’ve only used one set to both drive to the ‘Ring, and set the record.
“We’ve proved that the SR8LM is not only the world’s best trackday car, but it’s also practical enough to drive to and from the circuit. It is a genuine production sportscar, with genuine performance credentials, as we’ve shown today.”