The Zonda made its debut in 1999, however; Horacio Pagani and his long time friend, mentor and former F1 champion Juan Manuel Fangio began designing the car back in the early 90s. The car was originally supposed to be named after the F1 champion, dubbed the Fangio F1, unfortunately Fangio would never get to see the finished product as he passed away in 1995 which made Horacio change its name to Zonda. Like the Huayra (meaning god of wind), Zonda carries a similar meaning in the Argentinian language and refers to the dry wind that comes from the polar maritime air originating from 20,000ft above sea level in the Andes.
With help from the former Mercedes F1 driver, Horacio was able to secure a deal with Mercedes AMG to supply an entirely new 6L V12 naturally aspirated engined designed specifically for the Zonda that would produce 389hp and 420lbs of torque and was mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The car was an immediate success at its unveiling in the Geneva Motor Show with 100s of the world's elite wanting to place and order and get their hands on Horacio's masterpiece. Horacio, being a man of artistic ideals made sure that the small team he had assembled to design and build the car (all by hand) decided to only built 5 car in the 1st year of production to make sure each car was of the highest quality possible. One was used for crash testing to comply with governmental safety regulations, while another was a demonstrator and show car, only a total of 3 were customer cars.
Fast forward to 2010 and the car was still in production with only around 100 being produced. This is where the Tri Colore (pictured) came to life and would be the final "mass" produced edition with only 3 cars being built. It was designed as a tribute to Frecce Tricolori, Italy's aerobatic fighter jet team. The car was unpainted except for a clear blue lacquer, and red, white, and green stripes. It also featured a unique small wing that was placed behind the cockpit to reflect the tail wing of Frecce Tricolori's Aermacchi MB-339 PAN stunt plane. Each Trial Colori was priced at £1.2M and featured a 220mph top speed, 6mph faster than the Zonda. @car.tales