Panoz Esperante

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Panoz Esperante
2007 GTLM.jpg
Manufacturer Panoz, LLC
Production 2000–2007[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 Avezzano

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

There have been several Esperante models: the base model GT, the GTLM, the GTS, the JRD (an aftermarket upgrade brand similar to Roush Mustangs), the Brabham, and the 2015 430-hp Spyder and 560-hp Spyder GT. 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 General Motors and Ford Motor Company's Modular V8 family. Production continues today. The company currently builds the Spyder and Spyder GT, an Esperante convertible with a removable hardtop, and will soon introduce a new Esperante version later in 2016.

The specifications below apply to cars produced in the mid-2000s. The current Esperante Specifications can be found at the Panoz website


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
24 Hours of Le Mans 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][permanent dead link]

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.


  • Holmes, Mark (2007). Ultimate Convertibles: Roofless Beauty. London: Kandour. pp. 122–123. ISBN 978-1-905741-62-5. 

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