Panoz Esperante

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Panoz Esperante
Panoz Esperante front quarter.jpg
Manufacturer Panoz Auto Development
Production 2000–present[1]
Assembly Braselton, Georgia 30548, United States
Layout FR layout
Engine 4.6 L (281 CID) Modular V8, 4.6 L Supercharged Modular V8
Transmission 4-speed Automatic, 5-speed manual 6-speed manual
Wheelbase 106 in (2,700 mm)
Length 185.9 in (4,720 mm)
Width 73.7 in (1,870 mm)
Height 53.2 in (1,350 mm)
Curb weight 3,384 lb (1,535 kg)
Predecessor Panoz AIV Roadster
Successor Panoz Abruzzi

The Esperante is a sports car made by Panoz, an American car manufacturer.

There are several models of the Esperante: the base model, the GT, the GTLM, the GTS, and the JRD (an aftermarket upgrade brand similar to Roush Mustangs). Each model has different specifications. The GTLM, for example, uses a supercharger to boost power from 305 hp (227 kW) to 420 hp (310 kW), raising performance from 0-62 mph in 5 seconds to 4 seconds. The GTS on the other hand is built as a driver's class spec car, to SCCA standards, with harness, roll cage, side bars, etc. Additionally, it is ~ 600 lb (270 kg) lighter than the base Esperante, has a steel 5.8 liter V8 racing engine that produces 385 bhp (287 kW; 390 PS), and is made of easily replaceable panels to facilitate small impact race repair. It can do 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds, go up to a top speed of 182 mph (293 km/h), and achieve 0.98 g of lateral grip.

Panoz's engines are sourced from The Ford Motor Company's Modular V8 family. If this were a Ford it would be slotted between the Mustang sports car and the GT supercar; just like how the Corvette is slotted in Chevrolet's lineup between the Camaro and the ZR1.


Body and chassis[edit]

Engine and drivetrain[edit]

Rev: 3.22:1 Final: 3.27:1
  • Differential: Limited-slip type, 8.8 inch (224 mm) ring gear, aluminum case
  • Weight: 1,200 kg (2,600 lb)


  • 0-62 mph (0–100 km/h): 4.9 sec (Esperante GT)
  • 0-62 mph (0–100 km/h): 5.1 sec (Esperante)
  • Quarter Mile: 13.4 sec. @ 107.3 mph (Esperante GT)
  • Quarter Mile: 13.7 sec. @ 103.5 mph (Esperante)
  • Lateral Acceleration: 0.96 g (Esperante GT)
  • Lateral Acceleration: 0.92 g (Esperante)
  • Top Speed: 155.4 mph (250 km/h) with manual transmission
  • Top Speed: 150.4 mph (242 km/h) with automatic transmission


  • Front: Fully independent short-long arm (SLA) double wishbone configuration with gas charged Eibach coil-over shock absorbers and anti-roll bar
  • Rear: Fully independent, double wishbone with horizontally opposed, pushrod-and-rocker activated Penske gas charged coil-over shock absorbers and anti-roll bar.
  • Wheels: Aluminum BBS, 17 by 9 inches (430 by 230 mm)
  • Installed Tires: Yokohama, Dunlop P255/45ZR17


  • Manufacturer: Performance Friction Brakes
  • Type: Four-wheel power assisted ventiled discs
  • ABS: Electronic three channel, four sensor
  • Front: Dual-piston caliper with high-pressure steel braided brake lines and 13 inch (330 mm) vented steel rotor
  • Rear: Single-piston caliper with 11.7 inch (297 mm) vented steel rotor


Dimensions and capacities[edit]

  • Seating Capacity: 2
  • Wheelbase: 106.0 in (2.713 m)
  • Track: front 60.9 in (1.55 m), rear 63.2 in (1.58 m)
  • Overall Length: 176.3 in (4.478 m)
  • Overall Width: 73.2 in (1.859 m)
  • Overall Height: 53.4 in (1.356 m)
  • Ride Height: 5.0 in (127 mm)
  • Curb Weight: 3200 lb (1,450 kg)
  • Fuel Capacity: 15.7 U.S. gal (59.4 L)

Racing (Panoz Esperante GTLM)[edit]

Panoz Esperante GTLM
PTG Esperante.jpg
PTG's Panoz Esperante GT-LM at the 2007 Generac 500
Category American Le Mans Series GT2
Super GT GT300
Constructor United States Panoz
Designer(s) Don Panoz
Tom Milner Sr.
Simon Marshall
Nick Alcock
Technical specifications
Chassis Modular extruded aluminium peripheral frame forming the basis for a semi monocoque central structure, unibody space frame, bolted and bonded to optimized tubular front and rear steel subframes
Suspension (front) Double A-arm with coil springs, adjustable anti-roll bar
Suspension (rear) As front
Length 4,722 mm (186 in)
Width 1,872 mm (74 in) excluding side rear view mirror
1,973 mm (78 in) including side rear view mirror
Height 1351-1356 mm (53.2-53.4 in) depending on use of ride height (medium ride height: 1,353.5 mm (53.3 in))
Axle track Front: 1552-1608 mm (61.1-63.3 in)
Rear: 1542-1626 mm (60.7-64 in)
Wheelbase 2,692 mm (106 in)
Engine Ford-Élan Modular M-6007-T50EA 5.0 L (5,000 cc; 305 cu in) V8 90° cylinder angle, 32-valve, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, naturally aspirated (no Turbocharger), front engined, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Hewland IGTC 6-speed sequential manual gearbox, Xtrac Salisbury adjustable mechanical limited-slip differential
Power 476 hp (355 kW) @ 5500 rpm
Weight 1,200 kg (2,646 lb) (including driver)
Fuel Ethanol E10, 90% gasoline
Lubricants Moty's
Tyres Yokohama ADVAN
Front: 320/65 - R18
Rear: 330/71 - R18
BBS aluminum wheels
Front: 12.5 x 18 inches
Rear: 13 x 18 inches
Competition history
Notable entrants Canada Multimatic Motorsports
United States Panoz Team PTG
United States Robertson Racing
Notable drivers Canada Scott Maxwell
Australia David Brabham
United States Gunnar Jeannette
United States Tommy Milner
France Sébastien Bourdais
United States Bill Auberlen
United States Joey Hand
United Kingdom Tom Kimber-Smith
United States Ross Smith
United States David Robertson
United States Andrea Robertson
United States David Murry
Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Jr.
United States Bryan Sellers
United States Tom Sutherland
Germany Dominik Farnbacher
United Kingdom Ian James
Debut 2006 12 Hours of Sebring
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
43 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

A racing version of the Esperante known as the Esperante GT-LM was developed by Panoz for the GT2 category of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 2006 was a year of noticeable achievement for Panoz.

The #50 Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz Esperante GT-LM took a first place podium finish at the 55th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring beating GT2 regulars BMW, Porsche, Ferrari, and Spyker

That June the #81 Panoz Esperante GT-LM campaigned by England based Team LNT [1] managed to outlast and overtake the remaining LMGT2 contenders in the final hour of the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In Europe, Team LNT will be campaigning two Esperantes also. They will be competing in the British GT Championship and Le Mans Endurance Series. Team LNT will be returning to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2007 with both the #81 and #82 cars.[2]

During the 2007 American Le Mans season the Panoz Esperante GTLM will be managed, stateside, by Tom Milner and Team PTG. They will be campaigning two GT-LMs (#20 and #21). Team PTG scored 1 GT2 class podium in the hands of Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand in 2007 Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg. In the same year, Panoz Esperante GTLM also fielded Robertson Racing Team as 2007 ALMS season part-time entries in the hands of Andrea Robertson, David Robertson and Arie Luyendyk Jr.

2015 season will see 2009-spec Panoz Esperante GTLM's first participation in Super GT GT300 class and badged as Panoz Esperante GT300.

Machine specifications[edit]

  • Category: American Le Mans GT2, Super GT GT300
  • Chassis construction and materials: Modular extruded aluminium peripheral frame forming the basis for a semi monocoque central structure, unibody space frame, bolted and bonded to optimized tubular front and rear steel subframes. Monocoque structure contains engine, suspensions (front and rear) members, fuel cell, gearbox, clutch and cockpit. Front apron, rear bumper and side skirts made of carbon-fibre, aerodynamically optimised. Rear-lid, panelling and doors made of carbon-fibre. Wheel arches made of carbon-fibre. Side and rear windows made of glass. Must be IMSA/ACO/FIA approved safety cage
  • Bodywork: Carbon-fibre composite
  • Engine: Élan Motorsport Technologies
  • Engine tuner: Ford Motor Company
  • Engine designation: Modular M-6007-T50EA
  • Engine configuration: V8 engine
  • Engine V-angle: 90° cylinder angle
  • Engine type: Water-cooled atmospheric engine
  • Aspiration: Normally-aspirated
  • Engine position: Front-engined, longitudinally mounted
  • Engine displacement: 5.0 L (5,000 cc; 305 cu in)
  • Bore: 94 mm (4 in)
  • Stroke: 90 mm (4 in)
  • Valvetrain: DOHC, 32-valve, four valves per cylinder
  • Power output: 476 hp (355 kW) @ 5500 rpm
  • Torque: Over 476 ft·lbf (645 N·m) @ 5500 rpm
  • RPM rev limit: 7000 rpm
  • Exhaust: Stainless tubular headers, with side exit
  • Spark plugs: Bosch
  • ECU: Bosch MS 4.0
  • Ignition: Bosch CDI
  • Clutch: Multi-plate AP Racing carbon-fibre clutch operated with foot-pedal clutch
  • Gearbox: Hewland IGTC 6-speed manual transmission gearbox sequentially operated with gear lever
  • Differential: Xtrac Salisbury adjustable mechanical limited-slip differential
  • Wheel rims: BBS aluminum wheels
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • Fuel: Ethanol E10, 90% gasoline
  • Fuel cell: IMSA/ACO/FIA approved ATL reinforced rubber safety tank
  • Fuel delivery: Fuel injection
  • Injector: Sequential electronic
  • Lubrication: Moty’s dry sump
  • Heat exchange radiator: C&R Racing Panoz Esperante-spec MARSTON core oil cooling system. Maintains engine coolant and oil temperatures to manufacturer’s specifications
  • Bellhousing: Cast magnesium bellhousing
  • Length: 4,722 mm (186 in)
  • Width: 1,872 mm (74 in) excluding side rear view mirror, 1,973 mm (78 in) including side rear view mirror
  • Height: 1351-1356 mm (53.2-53.4 in) depending on use of ride height (medium ride height: 1,353.5 mm (53 in))
  • Wheelbase: 2,692 mm (106 in)
  • Front track: 1552-1608 mm (61.1-63.3 in)
  • Rear track: 1542-1626 mm (60.7-64 in)
  • Minimum weight: 1,110 kg (2,447 lb) without driver and fuel. 1,200 kg (2,646 lb) with driver and fuel
  • Fuel capacity: 26.4 US gallons (100 litres) on 2-4 hour races, 28.26 US gallons (107 litres) on endurance races
  • Steering: Race spec power-assisted rack and pinion
  • Aerodynamics: Front fenders, rear apron, hood, roof, trunk lid, rear wing and rear wheel arches in carbon-fibre. Adjustable single-element rear wing, carbon floor with rear diffuser
  • Brakes (front and rear): AP Racing ventilated carbon discs and pads, Performance Friction Brakes 4-piston monoblock calipers
  • Brake size: 330 mm (front), 297 mm (rear)
  • Dampers: Moton 4-way
  • Shock absorber: JRZ
  • Springs: Eibach Springs
  • Suspensions (front and rear): Double A-arm with coil springs, adjustable anti-roll bar
  • Wheel rims: BBS aluminum wheels
    • Front wheel size: 12.5 x 18 in
    • Rear wheel size: 13 x 18 in
  • Tires: Yokohama ADVAN (Team PTG), Dunlop SP Sport Maxx (Robertson Racing) radial dry slick and rain treaded tires
    • Front tire size: 320/65 - R18
    • Rear tire size: 330/71 - R18
  • Racing seats: Sparco racing bucket seat with fire retardant upholstery
  • Headlights: Hella 15 volts
  • Roll cage: Panoz-spec Saito high strength steel roll cage
  • Cockpit features: Hurst short throw shifter, fire suppression activation switch, electrical system cut-off
  • Cockpit drinking system: H2O mineral water which connect the pipe from water bag cockpit to the driver's helmet
  • Display instrumentation: MoTeC ADL2 Pro LCD monochrome display
  • Steering wheel: Sparco racing steering wheel
  • Safety equipment: Sparco 6-point seat belt, rear view mirror, HANS device, helmet, headsock, race suit, NOMEX firesuit, racing gloves, racing socks, racing boots, headlights, windshield wipers, roll cage
  • Machine assembly plant: Panoz Esperante GTLM build facility Braselton, Georgia, USA
  • Teams: Panoz Team PTG, Robertson Racing (until 2007)


  • Holmes, Mark (2007). Ultimate Convertibles: Roofless Beauty. London: Kandour. pp. 122–123. ISBN 9781905741625. 

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Panoz Motors | Elite Custom Handmade Sports Cars