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Pagani Zonda F Review

February 2005
Filed under: PAGANI Car News | PAGANI Headlines
Juan Manuel Fangio was much more than a great champion. His accuracy, his uprightness, and his human and technical sensibility were among his qualities, typical of the old-time men, they have been for me, an example and an inspiration source. Very often, I ask myself how something so material, like a drawing or a technical choice, can express and convey the philosophy of such a men.

The name of “el coche”, the way he used to call the car, should have been Fangio F1. He followed the project with a strong enthusiasm, according to his ideas the F1 had to be innovative, safe and had to be powered by a Mercedes-Benz engine. He then passed away and as a sign of respect I did not dare to call the car Fangio F1 and I decided to name it Zonda, “el viento de los Andes”.

Today, after years spent in a rigorous search for perfection, the result is the Zonda F, a car that I wish to dedicate to Juan Manuel Fangio, the man who has made everything different.


Mercedes-Benz AMG 12 cylinder V 60°, 48 valves; displacement 7291 cc.

Max. Power:

(kW) hp/


(443) 602/6150.

Max. Torque:

Nm/rpm 760/4000.

Weight-to-Power ratio:

2,04 kg/hp.


(kW) hp/rpm (478) 650/6200;
Nm/rpm: 780/4000; weight-to-Power ratio: 1,89 kg/hp.

Intake manifold:

aluminium hydroformed alloy/avional MHG-System; exhaust manifold in hydroformed steel/inconel.


longitudinal mid engine; rear wheel drive with self-locking differential.


twin plate clutch.


mechanical 6 speed (+ reverse).


4 ventilated Brembo disks, hydraulic power brake.

Steel brakes:

front 380x34 mm 6 piston caliper; rear 355x34 mm 4 piston caliper.

Carbon-ceramic brakes*:

front 380x34 mm 6 piston caliper;
rear 380x34 mm 4 piston caliper.


TRW rack and pinion power assisted.


Forged aluminium/magnesium alloy APP wheels;19” front, 20” rear.


Michelin Pilot Sport 2: front 255/35/19 - rear 335/30/20.


4 independent wheels with double A-arm; pull rod helical springs and Öhlins adjustable shock absorbers; anti-roll bar; aluminium/magnesium alloy suspension arms.


central carbon fiber chassis; front and rear Cr Mo space frames; carbon fiber “MD System” bodywork panels.


length 4435 mm; width 2055 mm; height 1141 mm; wheelbase 2730 mm; dry weight 1230 kg (without Comfort Pack and with CCM brakes).

Weight distribution:

46% front; 54% rear.


~600 kg at 300km/h (Clubsport version);

Downforce distribution:

~270 kg front; ~330 kg rear.


TMD remote diagnosis. Texa Mobile Diagnostic.


ABS/Traction Control Bosch; central carbon fibre safety cell with steel and carbon fibre roll bar; front and rear impact energy absorbing structure in carbon fibre and Cr Mo.


acceleration 0-100 km/h 3,6 sec.; 0-200 km/h 9,8 sec.;

Lateral g’s:

1,4 g with SPORT setting;


200-0 km/h: 4,4 sec.;

Top speed:

> 345km/h.

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