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Monday, October 26, 2009

Spotted in the City - Pagani Zonda F Coupe

Here we go once again.
No, I am not working at Pagani and no, I don't get payed to post all this stuff about the Zonda.
But that's a good idea...
More after the jump.

Saturday evening, while I was at home because of injured foot, my girlfriend and some friends headed to Modena's downtown, but that's not the point.
The point is that when they walked trough the main square accessible to cars, Piazza Roma, right in front of the Accademia Militare, they spotted this almighty beauty.
This is a famous Pagani Zonda F coupe, not because it's a Zonda per se, but rather because it's a special one.

Despite being officially owned by an Argentinian customer, Jorge Gòmez, the car received various plates, but never an Argentinian one.
That shouldn't surprise as the same customer also owned, officially, another silver Zonda, precisely a Zonda S 7.0 which has been the first car to be updated to S 7.3 specs. It actually was used for the first press shots of the S 7.3 model, together with the blue Zonda S #76021 featured here.
So you're smelling something now...
While his first car was used to test and showcase the new drivetrain so both the engine and the new gearbox, together with their respective electronics, his second car, this orange Zonda F, was used to test some parts for the latest update, at the time of this writing, of the Zonda family, the Zonda Cinque.

You can find quite some images around the internet where the car is sporting testing equipments to recover data. More important, the car is basically always in San Cesario sul Panaro, Pagani's town. It was seen in Argentina only for s short period during summer 2008, so far. It has exhibited in many occasions on an official Pagani stand, like Geneva 2008, Top Marques 2008 and obviously at the Modena Terra di Motori 2008, as you may remember.
The weirdest part has been when the car was sporting Slovakian plates.
My own theory on that is the car was like "rented" to another owner, while he was waiting for his own car, but that's just a guess.

As you can see in these shots, the car is bare bone stock. It isn't even the first time it has been seen in Modena's downtown. A couple of weeks ago (or was it before?) another friend of mine spotted an orange Zonda on a Friday night I think.
Probably the car is used by Pagani or one of his sons, who knows.

Featured chassis is #76091, while the other Zonda S once owned by Gòmez is #76018. That car is also the very one to set the Nurburgiring lap time of 7 minutes and 44 seconds in 2002.
It is now for sale at million euro (I later found out it never was up for grabs and was still owned by Pagani).
Sweet, isn't it?

All images Copyright: Damiano Garro and Sarajane Bradshaw for the Italian Junkyard

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