Published on February 12th, 2011 | by Seán Ward0
Pagani Zonda HH Announced
The specially commissioned Zonda HH has been built for a very lucky, and very rich, American who has “always had a passion for cars”.
The HH will have the most powerful engine ever put in a car by Mercedes or Pagani, a 6 litre V12 producing 680 bhp. This will give it a 0-60 time of less than 3 seconds, made possible partly by a carbon-titanium (Carbotanium, as it is sometimes known) hub (the only road car in the world to have a sub made out of this material) giving the car an incredibly low weight, and a 6 speed manual gearbox.
It will also be able to go from 124mph-0mph in less than 4 seconds, again to do with the very low weight Carbotanium tub, but mainly because of the very powerful carbon ceramic brakes.
The owner has described the car “a cross between a Zonda Cinque and a Zonda F” and has specified his car be painted, rather unusually, in a Lamborghini blue.
The following was said by the American who commissioned the HH.
“Thanks for all the kind words, guys. I certainly don’t fit the standard profile of Zonda owners these days. The majority of recent customers either run their own countries, are part of some royal family, sheiks, or distinctively old money. So I think it’s been fun for the Pagani team to deal with someone who actually still have to worry what stuff costs and is about the same age as many of the employees wink.
“The colour is likely going to be Monterey Blue or a close variety of that. I’ve wanted a Lamborghini in that colour since forever, but it never came to pass, so now I’m trying it on the Zonda. We’re currently playing with a few yellow highlights as well, but that’s not a sure thing yet.
“The design and the specs are indeed an open buffet of everything Pagani has worked on with the Zonda for the last 10 years. I’ve been picking and choosing stuff. My car, I believe, is going to be the only stick car mated with the new, more powerful engine. Most of the recent cars have been paddle cars. Which is kinda funny, because usually I love paddles, but for the Zonda, it seems to fit very well as a manual. The car is very much a simple, mechanical car. Not a lot of computers in there, so a stick seemed to fit it as well.
“The default choice, though, is to use the newest of everything. So center-lock wheels, the new F1-based ceramic coated titanium exhaust system (it’s stunning, same system as you can see on the Zonda R), carbon-ceramic brakes, the carbon-titanium tub (only road car in the world using that, it’s about 30% lighter than carbon-fiber and even stronger), and of course the new 680 hp AMG V12.
“We’re currently trading renderings back and forth. They’ll send me a rendering and I’ll draw some ideas on it and we’ll bounce back and forth. I’m hoping that we’ll have the visual design locked down by next week and I can share some final pictures. It’s going to look like a cross between the Cinque and the F. I’m not going to have the Cobra-style air intake on top (that was a little much!) and the front is F too.
“Also, I’m definitely buying this to drive and keep it forever. It’s not going to merely sit in a garage museum somewhere, which unfortunately is true of a fair number of Zondas. Although, even at this stratospheric pricing, the Zonda has been doing very well on resale. The incredibly few cars that have come up for sale has been going for 20-30% over their sales price. But short of falling on hard times, I don’t really care. To me, this is the best looking, best driving car ever made in the history of cars. Why would I want to sell that?
“So far, Pagani has made 118 Zondas. 3 of them have been totalled, so there are currently 115 left. He’s currently wrapping up some of the special editions, like the Zonda R and Tricolore, but the new car is coming soon, so they estimate that no more than 120-125 Zondas will ever be made. That’s about the same number of cars as McLaren made of the F1.”
Published on 30th July 2010 at www.motoringpress.wordpress.com.