(from Pagani Press Release)
The ZONDA design is the creation of Horacio Pagani, and can
be summed up as the result of the intense search for aerodynamic
and ergonomic aesthetics indelibly linked to the
need to create unforgettable emotions.
The ZONDA S introduces new styling with the addition of an
elongated “nose", a feature that was already present in the
first designs that Juan Manuel Fangio looked at back in 1988.
At the back of the car a focal point is the original double airspoiler
flanked by two aero flaps on the engine cover. These
changes produce better aerodynamics over the whole vehicle
and contribute to creating a strong visual impact. At the rear
of the car new light clusters have been dynamically positioned
and the new series of air intakes positioned around
the four formidable exhaust pipess form an original cornice
for this feature.
One gets the general impression looking at the car of a leap
forward in self-assertiveness echoed by the “jet” effect.
Great attention has been paid to studying the position of the
air intakes, the internal aerodynamics and the rear of the car.
The ZONDA S is slightly longer by 50mm while still staying
within the 2730 mm standard.
ZONDA has been for our team a complex search for easy
• The design is futuristic and provocative: a synthesis of art
and high technology;
• Carbon fibre offers many advantages and has great appeal;
our team of technicians can truly say that they are second
to none in understanding this material;
• Power and safety are guaranteed thanks to our partnership
with Mercedes-AMG, official supplier of the formidable
• The privilege and satisfaction that comes from having created
and developed our own ZONDA is a sensation as
exclusive and personal as creating a piece of fine art.
Progressive and technologically advanced, the ZONDA S is
the sum expression of researching the field for technical, aesthetic
and functional details that make the difference.
Open the two spacious and surprisingly light front and rear hoods,
where the carbon magic is at work, and discover the masterpiece
in engineering displayed like a sculpture, centrally, and
supported by two tubular frames in Cr-Mo steel: the whole
concept expresses total rationality.
The central carbon tub (safety cell) is produced with absolute
precision using production standards from the aircraft industry.
It forms a single body with the anti-roll bar in Cr-Mo steel
and a composite MD System. The complex production
processes involved have been patented.
The front sub-frame has an impact-absorbing function, and
means that the structure can be easily repaired; in this respect
the ZONDA offers an excellent passive safety function in the
case of accident or roll-over.
The rear sub-frame supports not only the bulk of the engine
but also the sophisticated, aluminium, suspension system.
The Mercedes engine is incredibly smooth and the noise level
inside the vehicle, together with the almost total absence of
vibration - thanks to careful design - guarantees an unprecedented
degree of comfort, in this case of vehicle.
Total weight is contained within 1.250 kg, while the torsional
stiffness constitutes a record: 26.300 Nm/deg. for the
ZONDA S. In fact, the car’s structure has been further reinforced
to deal with the stress of the 7 litre engine.
But the novelty and focal point in terms of performance is the
new Mercedes AMG V12 engine with 550 Hp max power
and 750 Nm of torque which is second to none. The excellent
craftsmanship of the Mecedes AMG technicians has produced
an engine that offers an extreme and exciting performance
while respecting the highest technological standards.
This engine is docile and fluid in low gear driving and offers
a power control almost unknown in this class.
To better control the increased performance a new 6 gear
transmission has been designed and will be introduced in July
also for the C12 version.
To complete the technical
picture – already excellent for this category - there is the outstanding Brembo braking system using vented discs with four
calipers front and rear. 18” alloy wheels supplied by O.Z racing, complete the
The dynamic personality of the ZONDA in all driving conditions
make it a real object of pleasure to use.
Normally the super cars in this category don’t offer the maximum
in extreme drivability. They forgo comfort, spaciousness
and real driving experiences for pure engine power.
The ZONDA is far from this kind of thinking and is admired
by the real car connoisseur because it offers a completely different
Road stability is excellent and is made so by the first-rate suspension
system and the rigid frame as well as the efficient
aerodynamics of the body: at a speed of 200 km/h the downforce
is equal to a load of 100Kg at the front and 130Kg at
In normal driving conditions the ZONDA offers a comfortable
and relaxed driving experience. But can, on command,
become a true supercar, unleashing the driving spirit that’s in
every sportscar enthusiast.
This dual personality that is a feature of the ZONDA allows
any driver the distinctive pleasure of an exceptional driving
The pitch of the ZONDA is clear, powerful, unforgettable: the
sound of a champion.