The site GT Spirit has released the first images and information regarding the Pagani Zonda R Evo, new evolution model and successor to the already extreme Zonda R, supercar officially approved for track only. The new hypercar keeps the same 6.0-litre V12 engine, modified to develop a maximum output of 771 hp: 21 hp more than the Zonda R. This increase in power is enough to push the car to 100 km/h in less than 2.7 seconds, while reaching a top speed of 350 km/h (217,47 mph). The Zonda R Evo will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 (29th June 28 - 1st July), driven by Bernd Schneider.
The Pagani Zonda R holds the lap record at the Nurburgring in the Production, Street-legal vehicles category: the lap was completed in 6 minutes and 47 seconds. Bentley Continental GT Speed and Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake will also be officially presented at the Goodwood Festival, while the Porsche 918 Spyder will be having a private showing for Porsche buyers only.
In this video Jeremy Clarkson drives the Pagani Zonda R as part of his DVD collection on Italy’s supercars. For the first time, we get what the Zonda R is all about - as Clarkson says it’s a “pure speed machine”. It’s not designed for racing, although it’s clearly one of the fastest cars on the planet, and it looks more like a pure prototype race car if you took away all the regulations involving race cars. It sounds quite scary, frankly. Compared to the Ferrari 599 GTO, which Clarkson also tried, this has an extra 70 hp and weighs a full 400 kg less. Not for the faint hearted - see what Clarkson has to say about it in the video. The key to the script? Clarkson says: “I asked the guys at Zonda how fast it goes and they said they’ve got no idea…”