Horacio Pagani takes us for a spin in his own private ZondaTo be allowed to drive a Zonda is an amazing privilege. To be handed the keys to Horacio Pagani's own private Zonda is simply ridiculous. Yet, that's what the XCAR team got to do.
-This is a Pagani Zonda. More importantly, it's a Pagani Zonda S7.3. It comes with a 7.3-liter V12 that pumps up 547 brake horsepower and 553 pound-foot. Its top speed is 220 miles an hour and it will hit 62 miles an hour from rest in 3.7 seconds. This particular Zonda's owner is a lovely chap called Horacio Pagani, Horacio Pagani, and he offered me a ride and drive in his own car. I've wanted to sit in one of these for years. I'm a very excited man. -[Foreign Language] -Uh-huh. -[Foreign Language] -Yeah. -My idea, my concept is that the car is light and that effective and easy drive. -So, you don't need to be some kind of hero to be able to drive him. But it helps. -Second. -Second. -Sixth. -Sixth. -And you can just-- -Sixth. -Sixth gear. Perfectly smooth and it will still pick up [unk]-- -And this-- -Look at the torque-- -Yeah, it's all rolling solos [unk]. Hello, it picks up quite nicely even in sixth. -Sixth here. -We're still in sixth, we're doing what, 20 kilometers an hour, never been of a jobber, but off we go. No problem at all. Second sounds better. Good lord. And that feeds well and is simply beautiful. And this was car that was designed in 1993 and then unveiled to the world in 1999, and just feels solid. I'm having a little bit of a moment right now on being driven in a Pagani Zonda by Mr. Pagani. -At 200 kilometers an hour, 300 kilometers an hour is they're saying-- -Really? -they're saying comfort. It's incredible. -Yes, so it's-- it's just as comfortable. -Very com-- the down force-- -Uh huh. -it is very important down force-- -Yeah. -is the driver is very safety, you know. -Yeah. -The brake is the record for the 200 to zero-- -Uh huh. -4.4 seconds. -200 to zero? -200 to zero, it's incredible. This car is not carbon ceramic-- -It's just-- -right. -it's just because it's light. -It's normal in [unk]. -Yeah. -Yes, but the brake is in-- the brake it is incredible. -We have nailed pretty good, and that's just-- that's normal brakes, not carbon ceramic, nothing jazzy. -The Zonda is very reactive car-- -Yeah. -it is [unk]-- -Woah, hello. Not even-- not even a hint of slip or anything like that and above from my body, of course. -It's very, very safety. -It feels-- it feels very, very [unk] and very, very solid overall. I love, you know what, it's-- it's a big thing for me, that is the noise that where it just seeps into the cabin. Always, on the second gear. I couldn't possibly tell you how fast we're going but it's within the [unk] limit off the circle. And this particular car was showing off in the year 2000 in the Geneva Motor Show and it was apparently the first car ever to be revealed in full carbon. -The kilometers is-- -Yeah. This is 69-- -Yes. -69,292 K on it and it's still very solid. You sure? -Yes. -I'm about to drive the Zonda. -That I miss. -It's easy. And the sound's amazing. I feel about 5 years old right now. I'm so happy. You have made me so very happy, Mr. Pagani. Thank you. -This is my personal car. -It is your personal car, so I mustn't break it-- fourth gear up. -The torque is incredible. -So, the fourth gear from nothing to lots and lots. It is remarkably easy, when everything about it easy. Your steering is perfectly weighted, the brakes good clutches like the noise. Sorry. I'm a little bit in love with your car, Mr. Pagani. I'm a lot in love with your car, Mr. Pagani. How do you get any work done when you have this to play with? -I don't. I don't. -You don't. It's the view of the wing mirror, and the rearview mirror you see two double wings poking out. What would you've done is you've made a slice of brilliance. This is-- -Thank you. -Perfect. Mr. Pagani, thank you-- -Thank you. -so much. That was--