Goldarths Review - Singapore

Something Crafted - July 2006

Most modern cars are bland, cynically screwed together, and have lost any trace of craft as they meld into a kind of automotive Esperanto. Character and personality are just concepts dropped into the copy of a brochure, but are rarely translated to the actual product.; Then there is Horacio Pagani and his Zonda F.; It takes 2700 man-hours just to hand-lay the Zonda's carbon fiber body. Contrast this with the 15 clock hours it takes to assemble the average production car.; Seeing the car for the first time, I can assure you that it delivers a comprehensive assault on all your senses.; ...this car started to become an interesting counterpoint to something that has been disturbing me about new cars in general, other supercars included.; the Zonda clearly gives the impression that it resulted from the technical and aesthetic ideals of one man, and not from an imaginary median as defined by focus groups and marketing suits.; Horacio probably did not have a bunch of designers and marketers in black turtle-neck sweaters telling him what is and what isn't. He made it the way he wanted. Be it the gloriously over-the-top design of the pedal box, the lay of the carbon fiber weave, the aforementioned strange font on the speedo, to the specifics of the engine's performance, Horacio was clear about how it was all to come together.; Every single Pagani Zonda, notwithstanding its advanced engineering, is created in the spirit of traditional craftsmanship, a love-child of the sheer passion of its maker. There are very, very few cars today which so fully embody their creator's intensely personal pursuit of perfection.; Zonda keeps alive the irretrievably romantic idea of the hand-crafted motor car.; ...we should be glad that Horacio Pagani and his Zonda exist