Rare Pagani Zonda once owned by Lewis Hamilton wrecked in UK tunnel crash

Lewis Hamilton's former Pagani Zonda 760LH has been badly damaged in a smash.

The supercar – capable of going from 0-60mph in less than three seconds – was owned by the Formula 1 world champion until 2021 when he sold it for £8.5m.

It was specially made for the seven-times champ in 2014 when he paid £1.6m.

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He once admitted it was "terrible to drive" after he famously crashed in Monoco in 2015 after a toxic combination of fever, sleep deprivation, and "heavy partying."

But supercar fans were "saddened" by its demise yesterday after it was pictured severely damaged after a crash in the Penmaenbach Tunnel on the A55 expressway in Conwy, North Wales.

It is understood the unknown driver lost control and hit a wall.

While no serious injuries were reported, the car will need major repairs.

Ethan Gale, a supercar photographer posted images on Instagram and wrote: "Very sad day in the motoring world this evening.

"A car I never thought I would see.

"Ever since seeing this on YouTube driving around Monaco back in the day, it’s always been a dream car to tick off the list.

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"Late this afternoon this Pagani Zonda 760 LH previously owned by Lewis Hamilton had crashed in the Penmaenbach tunnel, Conwy, North wales.

"Hopefully the car gets a full restoration and is back on the road in the future."

After his post went viral attracting thousands of comments, Ethan added: "For everyone that is asking, the owner is unharmed and shook up. The car itself, not so well.

"What exactly happened is to be a mystery…the main thing is that the owner is okay. Cars can be repaired, people's lives can't."

The one-off car, which boasts a purple exterior, was personally ordered from Horacio Pagani by Hamilton and has a bespoke manual gearbox and initials 'LH' at the end of the name of the model.

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It is capable of reaching 217mph, and can go from 0-60mph in less than three seconds.

Hamilton crashed it into three parked cars in 2015 in Monte Carlo ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

He blamed heavy partying and a lack of sleep for losing control.

He stated that despite his love for the car, he hated getting behind the wheel of it initially.

He said: "The Zonda is terrible to drive!

"It’s the best-sounding car I own, but handling-wise it’s the worst.”

It is belived Hamilton decided to cash in on the car for ethical reasons with the Mercedes star keen to drive electric cars in the future.

The Pagani Zonda was snapped up by a British driver.

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