Zonda F Clubsport makes it around the Green Hell in under seven-and-a-half minutes
18 October 2007

A Pagani Zonda F has set a new lap record for the Nurburgring Nordschleife.A Zonda F Clubsport covered the 12.8 miles and 73 corners of the Green Hell in 7:27:82. That beats the previous production car lap record, held by a Porsche Carrera GT, by just two tenths of a second.As you’d expect, the Zonda F Clubsport is a bit of a beast. Nestling within its carbonfibre chassis and bodywork is a 7.3-litre AMG Mercedes V12 producing 641bhp, and yet it weighs just 1230kg. No wonder Pagani claims a 0-62mph time of 3.6sec and a top speed of almost 215mph.The Italian firm also says that it can pull 1.4g in a corner and decelerate from 125mph to a standstill in 4.4sec. Useful, that, when you’re at the Nordschleife.The only piece of information we haven't bean able to glean from Pagani is who was at the wheel. All we do know is that they are a bit handy.Of course, there is the argument of what exactly constitutes a production car, because back in 2003, Autocar made it rather quicker in a production Radical SR3 turbo.With ex-BTCC racer Phil Bennett at the wheel, we lapped in 7:19.7, a whole nine seconds quicker than the Pagani. And British firm Radical has since managed to send one of its cars round in under seven minutes.Of course, there is a new Zonda R on the way, which has an extra 50bhp over the F Clubsport, so it's just possible that Pagani might beat its own record.

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