Now we bring you a report from the BBC news that might interest supercar enthusiasts and those that are fans of the Pagani Zonda. According to the BBC, on a test drive sometime in November 2009, a £500,000-plus Pagani Zonda S (most likely the C12 S of 2004 and above as the earlier cars came out of the factory costing less than £400,000) was involved in a crash. The insurance firm Aviva, the fifth largest insurance group in the world (and the largest in the UK), as insurers to this supercar decided that it wasn’t good business sense to declare the car a total loss and made the necessary arrangements to get it fixed at the Pagani factory in Modena, Italy.
Now this Zonda S is basically made out of carbon fiber and any procedure to repair it is pretty costly. But I do not think that the people at Aviva expected a repair estimate of £300,000 from the guys at Pagani. Of course, I would assume that Aviva’s accountants agreed to repair the Zonda as declaring the car a total loss could cost them more. I’d assume the person which took up the policy on the car insured it much higher than the £300,000 price for repairs. This is the biggest insurance payout Aviva have had for repairs to a private car in the UK.
It was also stated in the news that the owner escaped from an increased insurance premium as the test driver was the one that put in the claim. So this test driver or the company he works will be the one hit with the increase premium. Tough luck. No wonder insurance firms always complain that the insurance premiums the put on cars are too low to cover claims. I suppose it’s due to massive claims like these in the first place.
Mr Gareth Jones, 58, a retired oil industry tycoon and owner of the vehicle, is philosophical about the very expensive accident. He said that hitting an electricity pole was an “appropriately humbling” experience for the driver. He has refused to say who was behind the wheel but was once photographed next to the car with Sir Jackie Stewart, the former Formula 1 champion. The veteran racer was forced yesterday to deny local rumours that he was involved.
Mr Jones was only prepared to say that the driver was “an internationally famous racing champ” and the crash last September was not his fault. He then added “A magazine was doing an appraisal of the car for an article and it was being driven by a professional. There’s no way I’d have given the keys of my car to anyone who wasn’t qualified to handle it."
We were traveling at speed. He was driving the car in such fine balance that he never once triggered the traction control. It was the state of the road that caused the crash. We hit mud, which is constantly being dragged on to the main roads by tractors coming out of the fields.”
Mr Jone also said the driver was “mortified”, adding: “He was extremely upset and very sorry. But my main reaction was sheer glee that neither of us had been injured."
“There are far worse things happening in the world today and it’s only a car. It's of no consequence."
Okay. It's only money. That's what Mr Jones basically meant. Being a multi-millionaire makes it slightly easier I suppose. And to add icing to the cake, our multi-millionaire went and bought another Zonda. This time a Zonda F Club Sport worth £900,000, which is okay, as it's much less than the £30 million he made when he sold his oil and gas business.
A supercar accident repair story from around the region then. This is a question asked by many car enthusiasts and the answer is a ‘Yes. It does cost a bomb’.I remember an incident in the late 1990s where a driver employed by a Malaysian tycoon brought back a Ferrari Testarossa from the mechanics to the tycoon’s house and he plain forgot to put the park brake on. The Ferrari slowly slid down the slight gradient and hit the gate pillar. This simple act of forgetfulness cost the Testarossa’s owner at least an easy RM25,000.00 to replace the rear bumper, a rear light cluster and some repainting. It car wasn’t traveling that fast or anything like that but it was enough to ensure that a new bumper and some bodywork needed to be done.
Of course, the thing about supercars is that it is not only money involved. But time. The chairman of the company I work for also has a Testarossa. A 1989 version to be exact. It has been at a Ferrari certified workshop to get its brake master pump fixed and is still there waiting for that part after three weeks. Remember, its not just money. It’s the time involved. Imagine the Zonda S owner right now. I don’t think that Zonda will be ready in two weeks. It took Aviva that long to make a decision whether his car could be repaired or not.
-a Pagani Zonda C12S