The rain’s stopped, but it’s still very wet and chilly at Monza. There’s snow on the apron of the circuit’s legendarily fast pit straight.

WEBZondaR-track5-w It’ll take a brave driver to venture out there today. And yet today someone will, at the wheel of Horatio Pagani’s unbelievable new Zonda R.

This is the first time Pagani’s €1.4 million track car has been demonstrated in public. Here to watch are potential customers, dealers and a few lucky journalists.

In the pit garage, photographers scrummage around the new Zonda; it’s difficult to get a good look. But when they clear, the 233mph rich boy’s toy is revealed. And is it ever a glorious thing to behold.

The car looks more like an LMP1 endurance racer than anything else. It’s got a sharper and more pronounced shark nose than the Pagani Zonda F road car, and it’s longer – a little in the wheelbase but mostly in the rear overhang, where an enormous rear diffuser and an equally epic-looking rear wing promise competition levels of downforce.