• Jan 22, 2010
Before Carl Haas became better known as Paul Newman's partner in Newman-Haas racing, racers themselves knew Haas as the importer for Lola racecars and parts in North America. In recent years, Haas has continued as a distributor for Hewland gearboxes and has now assumed distribution and service responsibilities for Elan Motorsport Technologies (EMT).

EMT is the race car branch of the Panoz Motor Sport Group and builds machines under the Van Diemen and Panoz brands, including the Panoz Esperante GTLM. EMT products race in Formula Ford, American Le Mans Series and Superleague Formula among others.

Haas' operation will stock and sell EMT's cars and parts around the world and provide trackside service at races to help keep competitors running.

[Source: Panoz]
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Élan Motorsports Technologies (EMT) and Carl Haas Automobile Imports, Inc., announced today an agreement that will see the Haas group assume distribution responsibilities for products manufactured by Élan. The offerings – constructed by the Braselton, Ga.-based arm of Panoz Motor Sports Group – include a full line of race cars, parts, update kits and other components for motorsports teams across multiple competition platforms and sanctioning bodies.

Élan will continue to exclusively build and manufacturer a wide range of world-class race cars and accessories for competition in the American Le Mans Series, IMSA, Superleague Formula, F2000 and SCCA, among others. Carl Haas Automobile Imports will handle inventory, trackside service and distribute EMT's world-class racing products worldwide.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hrm... it makes me wonder if ol' Carl has something in mind for the IRL's next car. Considering that Panoz was behind making the former Champcar platform and, unlike Lola, has a U.S. beachhead for building cars in a more favorable $:$ ratio; it almost makes me wonder if Panoz will throw it's hat in the ring as another cost-effective chassis provider alongside whoever else is in the ring for the next IRL ride (i.e. Dallara who aims to build their next car here as well). Competition on the chassis front again would be good...
      • 4 Years Ago
      At an autocross track day I went to one of the guys had a Panoz. It seemed roughly the same size as my Mustang but damn that thing was quick around the track!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Panoz has one of the sexiest sounding cars on the American Le Mans series. Listening to that sucker go through the track at Petit Le Mans (and "Petit" Petit Le Mans last year) is one of the best experiences of that event. There was one for sale off a highway here in Atlanta. If I had the cash it would have been bought instantly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm just ready for a new Esperante to hit the streets!