Pagani debuted the Zonda in 1999.
It has since produced around a car each month for the following decade. This mid-engine hypercar is constructed mainly of carbon fiber and has an astonishingly low dry weight of only 2,670 pounds.
When paired with the 7.3 V12, the most ferocious model pumps out 670 horsepower, giving it a fantastic power to weight ratio of 1:3.98. This propels the car from naught to 60 in a blistering 3.3 seconds with a top speed of 217 mph, putting it in strictly rarified territory. The highly engineered bodywork and aerodynamics create nearly 1,700 pounds of downforce at top speed and let the machine corner at 1.45g.
Priced around 2 million dollars, these handmade, stringently designed automobiles are made for the hardest to please enthusiast. There are few other vehicles of this caliber, and they put the traditionally lusted after sports cars of Italian design to shame with their raw power and aggressive design.
The Pagani Zonda has a 1:3.98 Power to Weight Ratio
Consider, for instance, that the Subaru WRX STI, a benchmark of affordable performance cars, has a power to weight ratio of 1:11.23. The venerable Ferrari 458 Speciale (billed as their highest performance V8 ever) has a power to weight ratio of 1:5.14, nearly 29% less than the Pagani Zonda. This gives you an idea of the incredible performance these hypercars are capable of and the amount of specialty engineering, parts, and design that went into them.
The Zonda was designed in part with the help of Formula One Champion Juan Manuel Fangio, and the driving style, performance, and overall quality reflects a level of commitment to these automobiles that a championship race team would be proud of.
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