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2008-01-07 11:42
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The Koenigsegg CCX and the Pagani Zonda F will be part of the special Super Car Parade at MPH 2008-Powered by BP Ultimate at The Coca Cola Dome from 31 January to 3 February 2008.

Seen for the first time in South Africa, these exclusive super cars have a combined value of almost R24m.

Crazy Swede

Koenigsegg CCX is powered by a Koenigsegg 5.0 litre V8 cast aluminium engine. And with a top speed in excess of 400km/h the CCX currently holds Guinness World Record for the most powerful road legal super car in the world.

Capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in 2.9seconds, the braking distance is an equally impressive 32m in deceleration from 100-0km/h. This David Craaford designed Swedish vehicle is the last word in speed, aerodynamic design and is by far the most oddly named supercar in history.

On 28 May 2006 it set the fastest lap ever on Top Gear, driven by the indomitable Stig, the CCX clocked 1.17.6, beating the existing record of 1.18.4, the event was watched by approximately 250 million TV viewers.

After this record, Christian von Koenigsegg, CEO and founder of the company is quoted as saying," We have once more demonstrated to the world that Koenigsegg stands for absolute performance"

Koenigsegg builds their cars to excel on either the road or racetrack and yet are still highly comfortable for long distance travelling.

To prove this point, the CCX has a 120-litre luggage compartment. CCX, which stands for Competition Coupe X, commemorates the 10th anniversary of the completion and test drive of the first CC maiden prototype.

Much like the pilot of a jet fighter the driver of this car will be subjected to a lateral G-force of 1.4G. The CCX highway fuel consumption is claimed at 13l/100km at very subdued throttle openings.

With a ground clearance of only 100mm and a turning circle of 11m, it might not be the ideal town car, but it should clear some of the more benevolent speed-bumps around your neighbourhood.

It does have a hydraulic lifting system, which can raise the car 50mm in 3 seconds, which would allow it to clear suburban speed bumps. This system has an automatic safety drop feature if the car exceeds 50km/h.

Some of the standard features of the CCX are: Custom Colour Leather Interior; Sound System; Rear Camera and GPS Navigation; Car Cover; Detachable & in-car storable roof; Driving education.

Bespoke Italian craftmanship

Horacio Pagani, Italian super car designer and owner of the company he established in 1992 started with wood and clay models at the age of 12.

Now his Pagani Zonda F is powered by a Mercedes-Benz AMG 12 cylinder, 7.3-litre V6 engine. Capable of 0-200 km/h in 9.8 sec the Zonda F is able to stop in 4.4 seconds with the aid of the optional carbon/ceramic brakes developed in conjunction with Brembo.

The six speed gearbox is able to take the Zonda F to a top speed of more than 345 km/h. Although on the racetrack it is capable of lateral G forces of almost 1.5 G, as road car, easy to drive, and sets the benchmark for comfort and safety.

The Zonda F is the last word in aerodynamic styling and style, while the exterior comprises textured carbon fibre, titanium, avional and other state of the art materials, the interior is even more spectacular.

The Zonda F comes with a purpose built sound system, and bespoke leather seats. The Digitek instrumentation provides essential information and a variety of sophisticated sensors to monitor every single component of the car.

The driving experience is enhanced by the 'Nardi' steering wheel. This feature allows the driver to feel that their hands are in direct contact with the road surface. Production of the Zoned F will be limited to 25 cars, which makes it one of the most exclusive cars in the world.

Visitors to MPH 2008, running from 31 January to 3 February 2008, will be able to see these two exclusive vehicles and many more in the Parade of Super Cars in the spectacular car theatre shows at The Coca Cola Dome.

They will be joined on stage by Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond from the popular UK TV series, Top Gear as well as local TV and Radio presenter Sasha Martinengo.

  • Tickets are on sale and can be bought through Computicket on www.computicket.co.za or 083 915 8000.
  • Ticket prices for adults are R170 (standard) and R270 (premium) and tickets for children under 12 are R100 (excludes prime time show at 20:00 on Friday and Saturday evening). All prices include Computicket charges.

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