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The Pagani Zonda F - F for Fangio, that is!

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February 19, 2005

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February 20, 2005 Pagani has announced the Pagani Zonda F, created in honour to Manuel Fangio and with specifications that will put it among the fastest road cars in the world. Already acclaimed as one of the fastest sports cars available in the form of the Zonda, the new Pagani Zonda F uses the same 7.3 litre V12 AMG motor, with a horsepower increase from 555 bhp to 602 bhp. Weighing just 1230 kilograms, the Pagani Zonda F will have a top speed of 345 kmh and a 0-100 kmh acceleration time of 3.6 seconds!!! The price and more details of the Pagani F will be announced at the Geneva Motor Show.

Pagani's statement on the vehicle is brief. It reads as follows: "Juan Manuel Fangio was much more than a great champion. His accuracy, his uprightness, and his human and technical sensibility were among his qualities, typical of the old-time men, they have been for me, an example and an inspiration source.

"Very often, I ask myself how something so material like a drawing or a technical choice, can express and convey the philosophy of such a men. The name of "el coche", the way he used to call the car, should have been Fangio F1.

"He followed the project with a strong enthusiasm, according to his ideas the F1 had to be innovative, safe and had to be powered by a Mercedes-Benz engine.

"He then passed away and as a sign of respect I did not dare to call the car Fangio F1 and I decided to name it Zonda, "el viento de los Andes".

Today, after years spent in a rigorous search for perfection, the result is the Zonda F, a car that I wish to dedicate to Juan Manuel Fangio, the man who has made everything different."

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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