• Jun 30, 2010
Pagani Zonda R – Click above for high-res image gallery

If you were blown away a couple of months ago when Ferrari broke the 7-minute barrier at the Nürburgring, then hold on to your hat, dear friend, because the Prancing Horse has just been bested by its own next-door neighbor.

Reports from the Old World indicate that a new Nordschleife record has been taken by the Pagani Zonda R. And by some margin, too: After Ferrari lapped the ring in 6:58, its cross-town rival reportedly scrubbed over ten seconds off that time with a 6:47.

Now before you protest that the Zonda R isn't road legal, we'll point out that the 599XX with which Ferrari scored its time isn't, either. Both these Modenese supercars belong to a new category of vehicle known as the track car, bridging the gap between street-legal and race cars with production-based forms. And the Zonda R, it would seem, is the new king.



[Source: PistonHeads]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Great achievement but i'd prefer to see more of a contribution towards the production car record.

      Anybody else curious what the regular 599 GTO will do on the 'Ring?
      • 4 Years Ago
      More speed and power please!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Haven't seen any in car footage yet? This is minimal at best.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZCSVYGGEik
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is impressive, no doubt, but somewhat meaningless due to it being an unregisterable vehicle.Same w/that Ferrari that set the prior record.

      Were I insanely rich I could commission a car be built off an all-carbon Cobalt shell running a 1000hp Chevy motor, with a frame and suspension with sufficient downforce and tenacious grip and beat both of them. Does that make it even relevant other than beating the prior record?

      These should be placed in an entirely different section, and 'fastest production car' should remain for vehicles not only salable, but legal in some country.
        • 4 Years Ago
        umm.... it beat times set by F1 cars, no special category needed, unless it's 'most awesome ever'
      • 4 Years Ago
      Richard Hammond is somewhere having a "crisis" ;-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pure sex.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Geez they couldn't even paint the body. I wonder why they left all that plastic exposed...especially with that strange texture from the injection molding. These guys obviously have no clue what they're doing.

      ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those ducts in the front splitter look like they could swallow a bird whole...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Also, vids or it didn't happen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      #$%K YEAH!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe it's just me - yeah, probably is - but I just don't get all that excited about a multi-million dollar car like this setting a record at the 'ring. I mean, for that kind of money, I'd freakin' HOPE it breaks a record!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who cares, it's a race car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You can get a Radical SR8 LM for £75,000 and be within a second behind the Zonda R and a whopping 10 seconds ahead of the the 599XX and still be able to drive it on the road. Of course it's not as striking as the 599XX although in my opinion it matches the Zonda R's tackiness to a T.
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