I purchased this Pagani Zonda R by AUTOart back in February 2011, it was highly anticipated by me and many others collectors at the time. AUTOart had really never ventured into this territory of extreme details at $200 plus opening price point. In retro spec this may have been the birth of what is nearing the norm for today. Don’t get me wrong here, the model is brilliant but is $249 brilliant, I’ll let you decide…
The exterior of the model is simply BEAUTIFUL, its absolute eye candy for the senses, so much to see! The carbon fibre work is well executed and the weave is perfect IMO. Body lines flow on this monster, even standing still it seems to be going 200 mph! Some assembly is required with this model; the rear wing comes disassembled and secured with the styrofoam shell and the exterior mirrors both left and right need to be installed. AUTOart does supply a few tools (screwdriver, handling cloth, and magnifying glass) with the model, along with the typical Signature Series literature. There were some concerns from collectors that it what too difficult to assemble the wing due to the fact the screws were very tiny. Easy fix, prior to assembly magnetize the tip of the provided screwdriver with a magnet. The small screw will stay in place long enough for you to install. The shutlines aren’t perfect mostly due to the fact that the front and rear are both fully removable bits. The wheels are nicely executed too, with a lot of detail behind the obvious rotor and brake caliper. More on that shortly.
The motor work is remarkable, again enough eye candy here to satisfy the most discriminate collector, I best leave the photos to do the talking here. There are concerns how AUTOart used some screws to manufacture certain components on the model vs. the 1:1 but honestly it works well together, like a finely tuned v12. The front compartment is fully removable as mentioned above. Nice detail is provided, which now fully reveals is the awesome suspension components. Carbon fibre theme is still very visible here.
The interior is nicely appointed and serves the original 1:1 well. Pagani are masters at form and function being integrated as art, very oblivious here. As Zonda R is considered a track car the interior is sparse in regards to Pagani standards but the usual bits both street and track are present.
Overall I think AUTOart hit a home run with the Zonda R. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for a supercar collector this one is a MUST! There is some much to enjoy with this model. Every time you take a minute to two to enjoy it you discover some other details you may have over looked, and I for one am good with that. AUTOart has announced the Pagani Huayra for 2013, pre-production samples are indicating the model will thrump the Zonda R, and I can’t wait to review it! Enjoy the pics!!