The Zonda C12 F debuted at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. It is the most extensive reengineering of the Pagani car yet, though it shares much with its predecessors including the 7.3 L V12.
Power is increased to 595 [hp] with a special clubsport version producing 640 [hp]. The Clubsport promises a 3.5 second sprint to 100 [km/h], a top speed over [346 km/h].
The Zonda F clubsport has a power to weight ratio of 528 [hp/kg]. An Enzo Ferrari, comparatively, has a power to weight ratio of 483 [hp/kg].
The top speed can be further tweaked by adjusting the aerodynamic settings. 346 [km/h] is the car's top speed on the setting for the best handling which provides the most down force but also has the highest drag coefficient.
If the aerodynamic settings were adjusted the top speed would be a bit higher. This also seems to be the reason that when EVO Magazine attempted the Pagani Zonda S's top speed on the Autobahn, that they were only able to get the car to 317 [km/h], as opposed to its claimed top speed of 350 [km/h].
It would make sense that if the car was set up for maximum downforce then its top speed would drop to around 320 [km/h]. Company representatives at Pagani's factory backed up this claim.
The Zonda F Clubsport lapped the Nürburgring, in 7 minutes 27.82 seconds, beating the Porsche Carrera GT. It was surpassed by the 2009 Corvette ZR1 on 7 June 2008, with a time of 7 minutes 26.4 seconds.
With Marc Basseng at the wheel the Zonda F CS has set a new time around the Nürburgring, lapping the 21 [km] Nordschleife in 7:24.7 now only surpassed by the Maserati MC12 which set a time of 7:24.3, the Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR with a time of 7:22.1. and the Radical SR8LM with a record time of 6:48.
Production of the Zonda F will be limited to 25 cars, not US compatible. The next model (codenamed C9), due to be unveiled in 2010, will be fully EPA/DOT compatible.
The Zonda F, named after Formula One driver Juan Manuel Fangio, comes with an extra head light and different fog lights at the sides, new bodywork, revised front end, new rear spoiler, more aerodynamic vents all around that improves the cars aerodynamics and different side mirrors.
Further enhancements over the 'S' centre around optional carbon/ceramic brakes developed in conjunction with Brembo, magnesium wheels, inconel titanium exhaust system, hydroformed aluminum intake plenum and a redesigned 'Z preg' weave in the crash structure to improve rigidity and reduce weight.
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