[Live image update] Pagani Zonda R

Banking on at least 15 world citizens not feeling the current economic crunch, Italy's Pagani has released the first official images of its track-only Zonda R. The Zonda R was actually quietly unveiled at the Vienna Motor Show a few weeks ago, but these are the first official images of the company's latest supercar.

The new coupe was designed with one goal in mind: "the ultimate performance at the racetrack without any implications of rules, except for safety," the company said.

The Zonda R was designed from scratch, with only 10 percent of Zonda F components being carried over. It features a 739 horsepower 6.0L V12 from Mercedes' AMG division, derived from the CLK GTR race car. Power will be dealt with via Pagani's first paddle-shift gearbox.

The wheelbase has grown by 47mm, the overall length by 394 mm and the track is increased by 50mm. The bodywork and aerodynamics have been modified to offer maximum downforce. Much of the Zonda R is constructed of carbon-fiber and titanium mix, resulting in just a 2,360 pound curb weight.

That power combined with super light weight means the Zonda R can accelerate from 0-60 in 3 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 233 mph.

The project began at the request of an Italo-American customer, enthusiast and proud owner of three Zondas. Pagani will build 16 examples of the Zonda R, although only 15 will be up for sale (one example will be kept by Pagani). Only the super-wealthy need apply, with the track day toy set to list from $1.8 million.

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