Pagani Automobili is a boutique Italian supercar manufacturer that was founded back in 1992 by Horacio Pagani. The cars Horacio and his company build are aesthetic masterpieces that almost make you think they’re functional works of art rather than your standard supercar. That because Horacio has an insatiable desire to build supercars where the overall look of the car is more spectacular than the overall performance. Which is a big deal considering most of his cars come with a variation of Mercedes-AMG V12 that produces at least 700hp or more. And that is blatantly obvious when you see this special edition, one of one, Zonda called the Fantasma Evo.
Notice I said Zonda, even though it technically stopped production in 2011. That’s because while it may look like it, this isn’t a brand new car. It originally left the Pagani factory floor back in 2005 as a Zonda F but shortly there after it was in a brutal wreck that basically totaled the car. There was so much damage that it didn’t seem possible that it would ever see the light of day again. However, Horacio is not one to let his cars wither away and die, so he took it upon himself and the rest of the crew to take the poor old Zonda back to the factory and rebuild it.
Being that Horacio has a keen eye for both the design and engineering aspect of his supercars, rebuilding the car back to its original specs just wasn’t going to cut it. So instead he and his crew built it to join the ranks of the Zonda 760 One-off Series line-up. The 760’s were built in extremely limited numbers for specific individuals that were deemed special and each one of them was unique to each customer’s requests. A prime example of one these amazing machines is the 760LH, a bright purple masterpiece that was commissioned by none other than Lewis Hamilton himself, hence the “LH.”
The only similarities between each of these gorgeous 760 series cars were the monstrously powerful Mercedes-AMG 7.3L V12 that had been tuned to produce 760hp and 575lb-ft of torque, which is a massive jump over the “standard” Zonda’s putting out 594hp and 561lb-ft of torque using the same engine. Not only did the wrecked Zonda get the more powerful engine, but it also got a traditional manual gearbox like the one Hamilton had in his 760LH rather than the sequential gearbox found in the stock Zonda F.
Because this car was rebuilt at the Pagani factory, they had access to a smorgasbord of parts including some from the newer Cinque and Cinque R models. When it was wrecked it was a bright orange color, but now it has the most beautiful two-tone body made with the combination of bare carbon fiber that has cherry red carbon fiber weave which results in a stunning black cherry-ish color that contrasts beautifully with the bare carbon fiber bottom half.
When you hear the name Fantasma Evo, this is definitely not the car you’ll picture in your mind. Although, Fantasma actually translates to “ghost” in Italian which makes a lot more sense considering this car was quite literally brought back to life. According to reports, it was commissioned by a supercar enthusiast based out of Hong Kong and after the extensive work that it required in order to bring it back to its better than the original current state, it’s believed to be one of the most expensive Zondas ever produced. Not to mention the fact that it’s likely to be the last Zonda ever produced, and in my opinion, I think it’s the most beautiful as well.