Pagani Zonda C12SThe project of Argentinian born Horacio Pagani, the Pagani Zonda, the sole product of the company, is a Mercedes powered two seat sports car. Inspired by Group C racing cars and the late Fangio (a friend of Pagani's) the idea began to take shape in 1988. At that time Pagani was working for Lanborghini, a company he left later to establish his own company supplying composite materials (his area of excellence) to the automotive industry.

A Mercedes-Benz V12 engine (either a 6-litre with 394bhp or a 7-litre with 550bhp) is positioned centrally, driving the rear wheels. A central composite cockpit section has steel frames attached front and rear to which are attached the aluminium double-wishbone suspension and the engine/transmission unit. Braking is by four-pot Brembo callipers on ventilated discs all round. Early cars used a five speed gearbox, but after approximately the first 20 all are fitted with a six speed unit.

Pagani Zonda C12Two variants are produced, the C12 with the normal engine, and the C12S with the more powerful engine from AMG. The latter variant also has improved aerodynamics such as a longer nose section, a two piece rear spoiler as well as a different rear light and exhaust arrangement.

Internally the cabin is luxuriously trimmed with carbon fibre, aluminium and leather all mixed together. An open-topped Spider version is also available. Click here for details of the interior.

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Technical Details
Driveline longitudinal engine centrally positioned with rear wheel drive
Engine 5987cc 60deg V12 Mercedes-Benz unit with 394bhp @ 200rpm
7010cc 60deg V12 Mercedes-Benz/AMG unit with 550bhp @ 5550rpm
Suspension front : independent with double wishbones,coil springs and anti-roll bar
rear : independent  with double wishbones,coil springs and anti-roll bar
wheelbase : 2730mm
track (front/rear) : 1675mm/1660mm
Brakes front : ventilated discs (diameter 355mm) with 4-pot callipers
rear : ventilated discs (diameter 335mm) with 4-pot callipers
handbrake operating on the rear via a cable
Gearbox 6 speed manual plus LSD
Steering Rack and pinion with power assistance
Dimensions weight : 1250kg
Length : 4390mm; Width : 2050mm; Height : 1150mm

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The official Pagani website

See our Goodwood 2002 gallery for pictures of the Zonda which was present at that event.

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