Road Tests Real world tests of Zonda vs McLaren F1

Top speed

1/4 mile

Nurburgring time

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
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Very sticky cornering g 1.4 g vs 0.86 g Around 65% sticky cornering g
More torque 575 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM vs 455 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM More than 25% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Bigger engine 7,291 cc vs 6,064 cc More than 20% bigger engine
Has an active suspension Yes vs No Somewhat common; Reacts to the road for a smoother ride
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Faster top speed 242 mph vs 214 mph 28 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Faster in the quarter mile 11.1 s vs 12.1 s Around 10% faster at the drag strip
Faster to 60mph 3.2 s vs 3.6 s More than 10% faster to 60mph
Lighter curb weight 2,513 lb vs 2,822 lb More than 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Slightly better power-to-weight ratio 4.01 lb/hp vs 4.34 lb/hp Around 10% better power-to-weight ratio
Great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring 7:11.0 vs 7:24.44 Around 5% great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring
Higher redline 7,500 RPM vs 7,000 RPM More than 5% more revs

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Zonda  vs
McLaren F1 
Brand Pagani McLaren
Price 1,000,000 970,000
Year 2006 1992-1998
City mileage 12 MPG 9 MPG
Highway mileage 22 MPG 23 MPG

design

Chief designer Horacio Pagani Gordon Murray
Generation First Generation First Generation
Body style 2-door roadster Coupe
Top type Soft removable Hard fixed

transmission

Transmission make Pagani 6 Speed manual McLaren 6 Speed
Drivetrain 2WD 2WD
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Gear ratios
1: 2.88:1
2: 1.77:1
3: 1.27:1
4: 1:1
5: 0.83:1
6: 0.71:1
Axle ratio 3.36:1 2.37:1
Paddle shifters N/A N/A

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Alunimum Alloy Wishbones w/Pull-Rod Springs, Olhins Adjustable Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar, Independent Double wishbone w/ Coil Springs, Independent
Rear suspension Alunimum Alloy Wishbones w/Pull-Rod Springs, Olhins Adjustable Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar, Independent Double wishbone w/ Coil Springs, Independent
Front brakes Brembo 14.9 in Ventilated Discs Brembo 13.1 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Rear brakes Brembo 14.9 in Ventilated Discs Brembo 12 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Front tires Michelin 225/35x19 Pilot Sport 2 Michelin 235/45ZR17
Front wheels 483/? 229 432/? 229
Wheel material Forged Aluminium/Magnesium Alloy Magnesium
Rear tires Michelin 335/30x20 Pilot Sport 2 Michelin 315/45ZR17
Rear wheels 508/? 330 432/? 292
Wheel material Forged Aluminium/Magnesium Alloy Magnesium

road tests

Zonda  vs
McLaren F1 
Top speed 214 mph 242 mph
1/4 mile 12.1 s 11.1 s
0-60mph 3.6 s 3.2 s
Lateral acceleration 1.4 g 0.86 g
20.6km nurburgring time 7:24.44 7:11.0
Drag coefficient 0.37 0.32

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 4.34 lb/hp 4.01 lb/hp
Maximum hp 650 HP @ 6,200 RPM 627 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Maximum torque 575 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM 455 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Max RPM 7,000 RPM 7,500 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Weight distribution 46%/54% 42%/58%
Steering system Rack and pinion w/variable power assist Rack and pinion

engine

Engine make Mercedes-Benz M180 V12 BMW S70/2
Displacement 7,291 cc 6,064 cc
Cylinders V12 V12
Air compressor None None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 11:1 11:1
Bore/stroke 3.6 in / 3.64 in 3.4 in / 3.4 in
Block material Aluminum alloy Aluminum
Cylinder head material Aluminum alloy Aluminum
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
VVT system Generic VVT BMW Valvetronic
Valves per cylinder 4 4

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,822 lb 2,513 lb
Width 80.9 in 75.6 in
Height 44.9 in 44.1 in
Length 174.6 in 168.8 in
Ground clearance 3.9 in 4.7 in
Wheelbase 107.5 in 107.1 in
Has a rear spoiler Yes Yes
Pagani Zonda Roadster F Clubsport
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