Panoz forged a legacy of creating race-winning endurance and open wheel vehicles via the late-1990s and early-2000s, but the company has been relatively quiet for the previous handful of years. However, with its 25th anniversary looming, the American sports car brand appears to be on a comeback. It’;s prepping many new designs and opening a new headquarters in Georgia on April 3.
The 1st amongst them will be the 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder and Spyder GT (pictured over in unfinished prototype form). It really is all about being a firm “driven by buyer demand,” John A. Leverett, Panoz Vice President of Product sales and Marketing, advised Autoblog. They will be restricted to about 25 units, and the very first autos will be delivered by the finish of April.
The Spyder is an improve of the recent Esperante with both a 430-horsepower, 5.-liter V8 or a 575-hp, supercharged 5.4-liter V8 and a option of 6-speed guide or 6-pace automated with paddle shifters. Its chassis is created from roughly 70 % aluminum, twenty percent carbon fiber and 10 percent steel and an aluminum entire body, in accordance to Leverett.
The bigger update is the Spyder GT, which nonetheless only exists as a check mule, and features a carbon fiber body. It will be presented with a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 tuned to either 575 hp or 800 hp(!). Both tunes are available with a 6-velocity manual or paddle-shift, 6-velocity automated.
The business is also doing work on a bigger version of its Roadster with far more carbon fiber, according to Leverett, but the it hasn’;t announced an actual release date however. It also strategies to get started offering the GTR-1 to interested customers. Panoz certainly seems to be obtaining back on track. Scroll down for the press release and get the complete specs on the automobiles in the gallery.
Hoschton, Ga. – Panoz LLC, a leading manufacturer of higher overall performance vehicles and racing vehicles, will present the all-new 25TH Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder luxury sports activities automobile at the formal opening of its new services in Braselton, Ga. on April 3, 2014.
The 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder is a unique exclusive model which celebrates the company’;s racing heritage as effectively as Panoz sports activities vehicles of the previous 25 years. It is the direct consequence of near technological collaboration amid the various Panoz affiliates, including Élan Motorsports Technologies, Élan Composites, Panoz Engineering Providers, and Panoz LLC.
From the beginning, the designers and engineers envisioned a restricted-edition Esperante that delivers pure sports vehicle performance and displays the Panoz Le Mans endurance racing and overall performance ethos. At the same time, the sports automobile provides numerous of the highly desirable characteristics consumers expect in a 21st Century performance machine such as a state-of-the-ar2rk programmable gauge cluster.
Panoz LLC expects to make about 25 examples of the 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder and Spyder GT to commemorate the anniversary milestone. Production will be intentionally constrained to a handful of customized builds for pick consumers, trying to keep with the Panoz LLC’;s objective of creating America’;s most unique custom sports vehicle.
25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder Information
The 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder is a lighter, more effective edition of the unique hand-constructed Panoz convertible. It functions lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum structures, a special modular extruded aluminum chassis that is much more rigid and tough than a lot of overall performance coupes, entirely revised and fully independent front and rear suspension, and an upgraded and robust sports activities automobile anti-lock brake system (ABS) to ensure braking overall performance is on par with the car’;s exceptional driving abilities.
Esperante Spyder buyers can pick between 2 sports automobile bodies: the “super formed” light-weight aluminum physique created in Riverside, Calif. by means of a approach developed for aerospace applications on the common Spyder, or the carbon fiber body panels made in the Élan Composites race shop for the Spyder GT. Panoz was the very first U.S. auto producer to use super formed aluminum panels for its bodies, a procedure now employed by some of the world’;s most elite automobile producers.
Consumers can also decide on between many high-functionality powertrain packages ranging from 430 to 800 horsepower. Other features include electronic traction control, high-tech gauges to check the car’;s crucial techniques, lightweight and totally adjustable carbon fiber sport seats, large-good quality leather
and wood-trim throughout the relaxed cockpit, and present day alternatives such as media player connectivity and a race-inspired carbon fiber steering wheel.
Lastly, the 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder rides on 75 x 19-inch front and 9.5 x 19-inch rear BBS wheels with 245/forty ZR19 and 285/35 ZR 19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport ultra substantial-performance front and rear sport tires.
With a price of $ 189,000, the 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder continues to herald the Panoz LLC goal of providing its buyers real exclusivity, uncompromising overall performance and excellent worth.
Following Panoz Era Builds On Company’;s Rich Historical past
Panoz was the very first U.S. automobile producer to design and construct an Aluminum Intensive Vehicle. The modular chassis Panoz designed for the 2001 Panoz Esperante was and continues to be at the leading edge of automotive engineering. The Panoz layout and production processes utilised for the Esperante chassis and other Panoz vehicle tasks has constantly targeted on delivering higher amounts of development and manufacturing efficiencies. Nowadays many of these processes have been adopted by main motor vehicle manufacturers.
The Esperante has been acknowledged as an market and class leading sports activities auto, along with other Panoz sports activities cars such as the Roadster, the GTR1, and the Abruzzi Spirit of Le Mans. The 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder ushers in the next generation of Panoz creations, which includes the all-new Panoz Roadster and the Panoz GTR1.
To celebrate the Panoz automotive and racing history and prepare for long term development, the company’;s Hoschton, Ga.-based mostly headquarters and expansive motor vehicle workshops have been updated for the anticipated added manufacturing. In addition, the headquarters now characteristics a new and spacious 10,000-square-foot exhibition showcasing important examples of the Panoz sports car and racing history. Displays include:
• The 1997 Le Mans GTR one
• The 1998 Q9 hybrid Le Mans prototype
• The 2000 LMP winning vehicle
• The 2006 GT 2 Le Mans winner (sister vehicle)
• The GT2 fastback Le Mans Esperante
• The Abruzzi Spirit of Le Mans Petit Le Mans auto
• The 2000 Indy 500 winner, Target Chip Ganassi vehicle
Panoz LLC is located at 1089 Hwy 124, Hoschton, GA 30548. Check out www.panoz.com for the most up-to-date information.