Audi A4 DTM Crashes Into Rare Pagani Zonda GR

Antonin Herbeck's Zonda GR crash

Antonin Herbeck's Zonda GR crash

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Rubbing, it’s said, is racing, and that may hold true in certain forms of motorsports. Punting your competitor because you don’t want to finish second, however, isn’t racing unless we’re talking about demolition derby.

A Pagani GR, as far as we can tell, has never been entered into demolition derby competition, yet the end result was the same at a recent Czech sprint championship race. Unhappy over being passed for the lead, reports that Tomas Kostka, driving an Audi A4 DTM, deliberately spun a Pagani GR driven by Antonin Herbeck as the pair came off the final corner.

The ensuing collision with a concrete barrier destroyed the Zonda GR, an uber-rare variant of the Pagani S built into a racer by Carsport Zonda in Modena, Italy. The Zonda GR uses the carbon fiber monocoque from the Zonda S, with a tube frame structure in front and rear and bodywork modified for improved aerodynamics and downforce.

Tipping the scales at just 1,100 kilograms (2,420 pounds), the Zonda GR also gets a new suspension, new wheels, larger brakes, improved engine cooling and oil coolers for both engine and gearbox. Output from the 7.0-liter V-12 is upped to 590 horsepower and 580 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to get the car from 0-60 in a claimed 3.3 seconds.

From what we can gather, only two Zonda GRs were built by Carsport Zonda, at a price likely well into seven figures. That makes replacing the one destroyed in this crash somewhere between impossible and very, very expensive.

To see the agonizing 45-second video of the crash for yourself, head on over to If you want to see what the intact car looked like in 2010, check out the video below.

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