Horacio Pagani unveiled the Pagani Zonda at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show. The car’s radical styling was intended to commemorate Formula 1 racing. Since its unveiling, the Zonda has undergone numerous variations. Each new take on the Zonda further increased the car’s performance capabilities. With the introduction of the Pagani Huayra last year, loyal customers asked Pagani to build a few more Zonda’s before the factory ceased producing the astonishing car for good.
With a price tag of $1.8-million, the Pagani Zonda RS was designed with the intention of delivering the power and performance of the Pagani Zonda R (a track only iteration that claims a Nurburgring lap record) for the street. The Zonda RS produces 760 hp via a 7.3 liter naturally aspirated V12 engine produced by AMG Mercedes.
Horacio Pagani got into the car business by specializing in carbon fiber production, he partnered with Lamborghini in the ’90s to produce carbon fiber for the Lamborghini Diablo. So it comes as no surprise that the Zonda RS features world class carbon fiber work, the entire car is made out of carbon fiber. The car’s exterior features a carbon fiber weave that matches from one body panel to the next – a feat of true craftsmanship. The interior of the Pagani shows off a Pagani designed iteration of carbon fiber called carbotanium – it incorporates titanium into the fiber to strengthen the weave – which is used for the car’s monocoque cell.
Contributing editor to Evo magazine, Harry Metcalfe was given the opportunity to drive the last Zonda ever produced, and recorded the experience for supercar fans to enjoy. He mentions in the video that a certain F1 driver with the initials LH (Lewis Hamilton) ordered a 760 RS for himself. Hamilton requested a transmission with a stick instead of paddles – he said driving it would feel too much like his day job otherwise.