If you could be a test driver for one of the top super car companies in the world, would you do it? Of course you would. And so would many other auto fanatics across the globe.
Unfortunately, that position is reserved for one person – a man you might call the luckiest man on Earth.
Davide Testi is Pagani’s number one test driver and gets to drive around in all of the Pagani glory long before we could ever get our hands on one. In this interview with the Drive Channel he tells us what its like to be the official Pagani test driver and how he got the job that so many lusted after and that so many are envious of – including ourselves.
Check it out below – this guy can seriously count his lucky stars!
Collecting rare automobiles is always special and here’s another opportunity for those hardcore aficionados who cannot just do without a rare beauty in their garage. The offering comes from Pagani and it is dubbed the Pagani Zonda Tricolore which has specially been created as a tribute to the Italian National Aerobatic Team-Frecce Tricolori. The one-off model marks the 50th anniversary of the Aerobatic Team and Pagani made it to the Geneva event with this rarity. Based on the Pagani Zonda Cinque, the Tricolore differs with a carbon fiber and titanium wired tub and front LEDs which replicate a tailfin of an airplane. The engine too is a Cinque derivative which churns 669hp with 780Nm of torque. The only Tricolore ever manufactured will cost a whopping $1.76 million (US).
Auto fanatics are aware that the Pagani C9 is slated to go public before this year’s end and it will come with a whopping price tag (€900,000) but what is more of a mystery is the shape it will adorn. There are no certain images available which is why C9 prototype spy images gain a lot of importance. Speaking of spy shots, here’s something happening in South Africa — two C9 prototypes spied in Johannesburg, one inspired by the Zonda F, while the other one featuring a rear belonging to the Zonda R territory. Even the typical Pagani quadpipe has been retained plus there are holes drilled for a dual pipe set-up so we are not quite sure what the end product will embrace. The Pagani C9 is expected to house a 700 PS 6.0L V12 engine which will generate up to 1000Nm of torque. Looks neat, don’t you think? [Images by WCF]
This post is bad news once again. A $1.1Million Pagani Zonda F has crashed in the streets of Hong Kong. The pictures tell the tale of one of the last ever Pagani Zondas to roll off the production line before the new one comes sometime next year.
Lots of damage, and it’s going to be lots of money to fix that baby.
Regular readers by now should know that we’re big fans of TopGear, hence why we always look on some of their best shows. So how about checking out some of the world’s fastest two wheelers? James May is the lucky bastard to review the £825,000 Pagani Zonda F Roadster on Top Gears test track. The result is obvious – a bad-ass looking four wheeler that is offensively fast. But what if you have it running the track against the Bugatti Veyron in a drag race? Who’ll win? Check it out!
The Zonda Cinque Roadster is the answer to unique, exclusive, one-of-a-kind, even exotic. The Roadster is a limited-edition, five-car model run. Zonda R is street-legal and almost identical to the hardtop. Its carbon-titanium chassis has been tweaked to make way for the removable roof. The Zonda Cinque Roadster has a mostly-open cabin, an engine air scoop sticking out above and the roof is stored up front.
The AMG engine bridles up 678 horses and 780 Nm torque. It has ceramic-coated titanium exhaust, traction control and a a Cima six-speed sequential transmission. The aluminum/magnesium wheels are wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero rubber with carbo-ceramic brakes with six-piston calipers from Brembo. The Roadster’s curb weight is the same as the hardtop -1210kg and go from 0-100km in 3.4-seconds.
€1.3 million, plus taxes. Hurry! There are only five in production and they may already be sold out.
Zunaid Moti is a local businessman and the owner of Future Exotics Lifestyle Emporium – a custom built lifestyle venue for world’s finest in exotic vehicles, marine and aviation. If last year he’s been spotted in a Koenigsegg CCXR, a few days ago he got himself one of those fancy Pagani Zonda F Roadster Cinque Replica. And Pedro van Gaalen got some time with it. Apparently it’s the 18th Zonda F of only 25 in the world and the only one in the limited edition Cinque Zonda R colour scheme – due later this year. So if you just wanted to hate someone today, Moti is the one We hate being poor …