MODENA (Italy): Sports cars and jet planes are a winsome double. They go together like burgers and fries.
Pagani Automobili has recently created the Zonda Tricolore to pay homage to the Italian Air Force aerobatics team.
The Frecce Tricolori (Italian, literally Tricolour Arrows), officially known as
the 313th Aerobatics Training Squadron, is a demonstration team based at Rivolto Air Force Base in Udine province.
They were formed in 1961 as an Air Force team, replacing previous teams that had been sponsored by various commands towards the end of the 1920s.
The team pilots the Aermacchi MB-339-A/PAN, a two-seat aircraft capable
of flying 898kph at sea level. It operates nine aircraft and a solo, the highest number of any aerobatics team in the world.
Apart from the details about the Zonda Tricolore that were mentioned in the lead picture, the 1,210kg supercar has a weight distribution of 47% front and 53% rear. The engine is mated to a six-speed Cima sequential gearbox and suspensions are cast in magnesium and titanium.
Carbo-ceramic Brembo brakes are capable of bringing the car's mixed Pirelli PZero tyres (front 19" and rear 20") to a quick stop from 200kph in a breathtaking 4.3s