• Oct 19, 2007

You can make a car that accelerates. You can make a car that brakes. You can make one that handles. One that corners. One with a high top speed. But to make one that does it all is a different story entirely. That's why automakers go to the Nürburgring. Its northern loop is twenty-two kilometers of twists, turns, dips, straights, chicanes...even a carousel. And it's got a new champion.

The Pagani Zonda F recently lapped the track that claimed Lauda's ears in a scant 7:27:82, edging out the previous ruler, the Porsche Carrera GT (which it also rivals for carbon-fiber content in its construction). The Zonda's hot lap shaved a mere two milliseconds off the Carrera's time, but those are two milliseconds the German supercar evidently couldn't muster on its own home track. How embarrassing, ja?

The specific model that hit the high time was a Clubsport version, which itself will be trumped by the even more extreme Zonda R before designer Horacio Pagani goes back to the drawing board for the Zonda's successor.

[Source: Motor Authority]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      The BMW Sauber F1 has all the above said cars beat, with an unofficial time of 6:12. cant beat formula one.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordschleife_fastest_lap_times
        • 7 Years Ago
        Thats absurd. One of those Red Bull air race planes would fair much better than a F-22.
        • 7 Years Ago
        we're talking street cars

        I want to see an F-22 lap the ring in the air, just fly a similar route to see how the worlds best cars sack up with the world's best jet fighter.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Apropos as the "F" stands for Fangio, no?

      --chuck
      http://chuck.goolsbee.org
      • 7 Years Ago
      Radical SR8 was faster with 6:55
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwtyZosuPNE
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Congrats to the driver. That is a long track to learn.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If you spend enough time on GT4, you can learn it :)

        I love these cars, think they look absolutely wonderful. And for the comment about the Radical being nothing but a motor, wheels, and a seat, that is exactly why they (and Ariel, KTM, etc) are the few that actually get the meaning of a sports car.

        Want a lot of performance, you'll need to give up some creature comforts.... Such is life.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyone know how these laps are timed? I doubt that they do it on open track days. Do they do complete flying laps or are they timed? If the laps are not 'complete' where are the start and finish lines? I would guess the bridge after the toll exit / track entrance and the metal structure at the start of the long straight.
        • 7 Years Ago
        They do them on the manufacturer test days usually. So the only traffic on the track are things like those GT-Rs, R8 V10s, Porsche Panameras, etc. They are complete laps, not shortened due to the layout on public drive days.
      • 7 Years Ago
      you coulda done w/o the ears remark
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great car, unfortunately most independent supercar companies don´t manage to have a 2nd gen, so this one´s gotta be a good one
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car is madness!!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Madness?

        THIS IS ZONDA!!!

        *punt*
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd still rather have the Porsche.
      It is an appreciating collectible, as well as the better engineered car. Two milliseconds is nothing...I'd put money a current Carrera GT with comparable tire compound could go faster. And for 24 hours; my money is on the Porsche!
        • 7 Years Ago
        quote "It is an appreciating collectible, as well as the better engineered car."
        Porsche Carrera GT; MSRP of 440K, now selling on ebay for $100K LESS, buy it now!
        The Zondas regularly trade for much more than they sold for. Which one is appreciating again?
        As far as engineering standards, I think they are both pretty solid vehicles.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who was the driver? One would think he should get a bit of the credit, particularly when the margin is down to two milli-seconds.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Such an awesome car.
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