Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Maserati MC12 , Pagani Zonda F , Ferrari Enzo , Porsche Carrera GT, Koenigsegg CCX at Nurburgring

Super car test on the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Journalists borrowed 5 stock exotics from their owners and ran them 'round the Nurburgring to see which was the fastest. Each car was set to factory specifications (at least 2 have adjustable suspension systems from the factory) and given the same amount of fuel (for weight purposes). It's a flash site so you can't link directly but the video is very good quality.

They're releasing the videos over the course of a few weeks but so far they've posted the Koenigsegg CCX, the Pagani Zonda F, the Ferrari Enzo and the Maserati MC12. Evo magazine (UK) ran an article on this a month or two ago so I already have the numbers.

Final Times:
1. Maserati MC12 7:24.29
2. Pagani Zonda F 7:24.65
3. Ferrari Enzo 7:25.21
4. Porsche Carrera GT 7:28.71
5. Koenigsegg CCX 7:33.55

Dottinger-Hohe Trap Speeds: (Dottinger-Hohe is the main straight)
1. Koenigsegg CCX 190.0 MPH
2. Ferrari Enzo 189.2 MPH
3. Maserati MC12 185.5 MPH
4. Porsche Carrera GT 183.5 MPH
5. Pagani Zonda F 181.6 MPH

Test driver Marc Basseng tried to better his 7:33 lap in the Koenigsegg but it started to rain. The Nordschleife is so long though (13+ miles) that half the track can be soaked and the other half can be completely dry, so he decided to keep pushing thinking he could outrun the weather, he came over a blind crest, hit a puddle, spun the car and put the CCX into the wall. They conveniently left that out of the video. Also the Zonda F was the 2nd fastest of the group but when the techs went over the car they realized the fuel lines were partially blocked with debris. They think it could've gone faster than the Maserati MC12. And speaking of the MC12, it should be noted that the MC12 shares it's motor and chassis with the Ferrari Enzo, but the MC12 was faster than the Enzo despite being heavier, having steel brakes instead of the Enzo's carbon ceramic ones and having less power. The Enzo's electronic damper system apparently crapped out less than half way through his laps every time he took it out onto the track and he basically drove the car on springs as the dampers refused to work. The car was taken to a Ferrari dealership afterwards for a diagnostic and they couldn't find anything wrong. They techs think the system was taking such a beating it just went into limp home mode halfway around the track.

Pagani Zonda F:

Weight: 2,711 LBS
Power: 602 BHP @ 6,150 RPM / 561 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM / 7,500 RPM Redline
Top Speed: 214 MPH
Motor: 7.3 Liter V12 (Naturally Aspirated)
Chassis: Carbon Fiber Monocoque, Mid-Engine

Koenigsegg CCX:

Weight: 2,601 LBS
Power: 806 BHP @ 6,900 RPM / 484 lb-ft @ 678 RPM / 5,700 RPM Redline
Top Speed: 259 MPH
Motor: 4.7 Liter V8 (Twin Rotrex Centrifugal Superchargers)
Chassis: Carbon Fiber Monocoque, Mid-Engine

Maseratic MC12:

Weight: 2,943 LBS
Power: 630 BHP @ 7,500 RPM / 481 lb-ft @ 5,500 RPM / 7,700 RPM Redline
Top Speed: 203 MPH
Motor: 6.0 Liter V12 (Naturally Aspirated)
Chassis: Carbon Fiber Monocoque, Mid-Engine

Ferrari Enzo:

Weight: 3,009 LBS
Power: 660 BHP @ 7,800 RPM / 484 lb-ft @ 5,500 RPM / 8,200 RPM Redline
Top Speed: 217.5 MPH
Motor: 6.0 Liter V12 (Naturally Aspirated)
Chassis: Carbon Fiber Monocoque, Mid-Engine

Porsche Carrera GT

Weight: 3,043 LBS
Power: 605 BHP @ 8,000 RPM / 437 lb-ft @ 5,750 RPM / 8,400 RPM Redline
Top Speed: 214 MPH
Motor: 5.7 Liter V10 (Naturally Aspirated)
Chassis: Carbon Fiber Monocoque, Mid-Engine



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