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Pagani Zonda Revolucion

By raccars Published

The latest hypercar to display an indelible superiority complex is the recently revealed Pagani Zonda Revolucion, which its creators call the "apex of the celebration of performance, technology and art applied to a track car"... This latest addition of the Zonda supercar line costs a ridiculous £2.2 million.

Only five models of the track only beast will be produced, of which four have already been sold, although the car was only introduced to clients recently, at the exclusive 'Vanishing Point 2013 – International Pagani' meeting. A bold, Formula One-esque bodyshell houses the Zonda R's Mercedes AMG sourced 6.0 litre V12, mid mounted and specially tuned to produce 789bhp - that's 49bhp more than official figures for the Zonda R.

Statistics for the Revolucion are so far known to Pagani only, but the Zonda R makes 0-62mph in 3 seconds flat on the way to a top speed of 233mph and the new version is expected to better that. In addition to the engine update, the new model also benefits from a monocoque carbon titanium chassis, taking the Revolucion's kerb weight to 1,070kg, 34kg less than the Zonda R. This means the ridiculously powerful Revolucion weighs the same as a VW Polo and boasts a 738bhp per tonne power to weight ratio.

That power output is driven to the Pirelli clothed rear wheels by a six speed sequential transmission with an alleged 20 millisecond shift speed and a 12 step traction control unit from Bosch. Fortunately, Pagani has also provided the Revolucion with carbon composite brakes from Brembo's F1 range, that are stiffer, 15% lighter than those used previously, should last four times longer, are more resistant to extreme track temperatures and stop more effectively.

Some investment has also been made into aerodynamics, visible in the front bumper 'winglets' and a rear wing drag reduction system, as seen in Formula One. This offers driver selectable downforce control modes, managed by a steering wheel mounted button to alternate between high-drag or high-speed settings at 62mph plus. There is also an automatic mode set up, according to Pagani programmed algorithms, that takes over if you hold the button down for more than two seconds for maximum stability.

Overall it's probably a good thing that the "ultimate experience" Revolucion is aimed strictly at the track. It's the fastest car yet from a manufacturer known for speed and should have no trouble dispatching the Zonda R's 6 minutes and 47 seconds Nurburgring lap record.

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