Heralded as the best-sounding modern supercar, the impeccably designed Zonda R Evolution has earned a mythical status amongst car enthusiasts. Unveiled in 1999, Pagani’s first car, the Zonda C12, set a precedent for all future Pagani cars with its carbon fibre technology, exemplary engineering, distinctive and purposeful lines, remarkable performance and extraordinary build quality. In 2007, came the introduction of Pagani’s first track-focused model, the Zonda R. The amalgamation of the company’s advanced technological capabilities and perfectionist approach to product development. The lengthy production run of the Zonda is unrivaled in its longevity amongst supercar models and with a pedigree such as this, it is unsurprising that, since its creation, the Zonda R Evolution has turned the heads of discerning collectors and car enthusiasts worldwide.
The fifth of just ten examples of the Zonda R series produced between 2009 and 2011, the 2010 Zonda R Evolution offered for sale, is one of very few produced to receive R Evolution specification upgrades. The upgrade included: an additional 50 horsepower over the stock configuration, brand new lightweight magnesium alloy wheels, and the addition of a smaller secondary rear wing to increase downforce.
With a phenomenal power-to-weight ratio and lightning fast gear changes, the Zonda R accelerates to 60mph in a mere 2.7 seconds. These speeds are made possible by a naturally aspirated, Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR derived 6.0-litre V-12 engine capable of producing 800 horsepower, paired to a six-speed sequential transaxle and feature a F1-derived carbon fiber intake channel. Additionally, it boasts a top speed of over 230 mph making it a ferocious competitor on the track. In fact, it still holds the record as the fastest non-series, production-based, gasoline-powered car to lap the infamous Nürburgring circuit in Germany.
The stunning exterior of the car features an advanced version of the Zonda F chassis with added accents of ‘tricolore’ throughout. Specially developed for the model, the chassis structure features an innovative titanium and carbon weave, developed by Pagani, in which the two materials bond together to create a monocoque that benefits from the engineering properties of both. Reportedly, the Zonda R’s construction only utilises 10 percent of preexisting parts from the marque catalogue, making it, in essence, more of a bespoke car than a modified one.
As most Zonda’s are kept in private collections and rarely seen in public, the 2010 Pagani Zonda R Evolution will turn heads during any public appearance and is certain to find itself at the centre of attention for its next owner.
This is the first time the Zonda R Evolution will be offered publicly on American soil and RM Sotheby’s is thrilled to be offering the opportunity for sale. With 40 years of proven results in the collector car industry, RM’s expert team of Car Specialists provide unsurpassed levels of service to the global collector car market.