The Pagani Zonda has been around since 1999, with the very first variant, the Zonda C12, having made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show that same year. The first couple of cars Pagani built weren’t customer cars but prototype versions used for development and testing.
One was used for crash safety testing, another was kept as a demonstrator and another is the test mule featured in this latest video from serial car spotter Shmee150.
The test mule is actually the second Zonda to ever be built and it's still in use today.
The car has done over 1.1 million kilometers (approximately 680,000 miles) and has been nicknamed the Zonda ‘Nonno’ because of its age. Nonno is the Italian word for “grandfather.”
Before any new Zonda variant is launched, the Zonda Nonno is first upgraded to the new specifications and handed over to Pagani’s official tester Davide Testi.
The car’s current specification is the same as the Zonda 760 cars like the Zonda 760 LH owned by Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton. This means it has 760 horsepower emanating from its 7.3-liter AMG V-12, which is sent to the rear wheels via a sequential gearbox.
Now that Pagani has announced Zonda production has come to an end, with the five Zonda Revolucion track specials being the last examples of the legendary supercar (the Zonda 764 Passione was the last road-going model to be built), perhaps finally the Zonda Nonno can take a rest.