Yesterday Prototype 0 took part at a track day where the Zonda R Revoluciòn 5 of 5 was tested before the delivery.
I arrived at the San Martino Del Lago Race Track in early morning, the weather was good but really cold. The circuit is located in North of Italy, close to Cremona.
The team, after many preparations on the car, brought the car out from the box and the Tester Andrea Montermini, racing driver from Italy, started up the engine and began to warm up the tires. After one lap the car was ready to test the Drag Reduction System (DRS), which is a device introduced in the 2011 season of Formula 1 seeking to reduce aerodynamic drag in order to encourage overtaking.
This particular Zonda R features a fully visible carbon fiber body very similar to the Zonda Tricolore paint scheme: blue tinted carbon fiber, blue brake calipers, blue leather and alacantara interior, black wheels, blue and burnished details inside the cockpit, on the engine bay and on the body. This car will be delivered to Japan before the end of the year.
The team has worked hard on the car and they stopped the tests in the late afternoon.
It has been a very nice and unforgettable experience spend a day close to this monster by seeing as the Pagani Team works hard on the car for the entire day. This experience reminded me a similar day in Adria Race Track in 2011 with a "normal" Zonda R and a Pagani Huayra Prototype, clic on the link to read that article.
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Article by: Marco Solari
Photographer: Marco Solari