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Porsche and Nissan may squabble over who’s fastest around the Nurburgring, with their lap times coming in around the 7:20-plus mark, but when it comes to the ‘Ring there is only one king and it is the Pagani Zonda R.
The Italian supercar has blasted its competition out of the water with a Nurburgring lap time of just 6:47 (unofficial), even eclipsing the Ferrari 599 GTO’s scorching time of 6:58 by a very wide margin.
The Pagani Zonda R is also a full second faster than the Radical SR8 LM, which set the production lap record set last year, and even though the Pagani is a stripped-out race version of its road-going cousin, it’s still far more roadworthy and conventional than the Radical.
For those keeping score, both the 599 GTO and Zonda R have run the 'Ring faster than Niki Lauda's 1975 Ferrari 312T F1 car. And the Zonda is just 36 seconds behind Stefan Bellof's all-time record of 6:11 in a Porsche 956. Slight variations in the overall length of the circuit run make these times not quite completely comparable, but nevertheless stand as benchmarks for the sheer speed and capability of today's limited-production supercars.
Powered by a very hot variant of the 7.3-liter AMG V-12 engine that underpins several other Zondas, the R model is an exercise in extremes--extreme design, extreme materials and extreme performance. Rated at 750 horsepower and 524 pound-feet of torque, the Zonda R was designed with one intention in mind--ultimate performance at the race track without any implications of rules, except for safety, where no compromise is allowed.