• Mar 23, 2010
Panoz fans, take heart. We know it's been a while since the American sports and racing car manufacturer had anything new for us, but the dry spell is about to end.

This directly from the lion's mouth, and the lion, in this case, is one Don Panoz. The motorsport and pharmaceutical mogul announced his plans at this past weekend's 12 Hours of Sebring that the sportscar-maker founded by his son Danny and which bears the family name will unveil the new Abruzzi model to the public at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this coming June.

Little is known at this point regarding what form the Abruzzi will take. Previous reports indicated that initial plans for a dedicated prototype racer were scrapped in favor of a series production sportscar, which would in turn breed a GT2 competition version. Otherwise your guess is as good as ours.

The sketch above was reportedly released by a former Panoz designer, and bears a striking resemblance to the Esperante, which the Abruzzi will either replace or join in the company's line-up. The name, meanwhile, is taken from a region in southern/central Italy that was recently ravaged by natural disaster. Hopefully the Abruzzi will bring better fortunes to Panoz. We'll be watching to find out.

[Source: PanozLife]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      is it based on the 'vette? proportions are similar.. strange... man i miss the AIV
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awkward and boring combination of shapes and curves. Each year a handful of brilliant automotive designers graduate from Art Center College of Design, the premiere school for transportation design. Hire one!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. But there are more schools than just that one. There is talent to be found everywhere, which is why it blows my mind to see mediocre and down right ugly cars being foisted upon us my small automotive companies. The small companies should be leading the way, since they can charge outrageous exclusivity premiums and don't have the "design by committee" problems the big corporations face.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1

        Theres tons of far better auto design talent out there thats unemployed, or perhaps employed and working in a different part of the design industry...

        ...that could do a far better job of creating an emotional, exciting and modern form for these niche manufacturers. Its like that hydraulic hybrid concept shown earlier this week. That designer may have some expertise in other design fields, but why did the company go with his rather lackluster design?

        Panoz really deserves better. I love the brand story, and the engineering is solid - but their cars are consistently not great looking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a corvette - ferrari love child
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ouuu...I like!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice! Wondering when they would get around to designing a new car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        LS7 or LS9 would make this vehicle complete.
      • 4 Years Ago
      go speed racer go ??
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate the name Panoz. It means diarrhea in Russian. Ugh.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't believe the cars namesake Don Panoz would take to kindly to that. You know the same guy that made ALMS the series it is today.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey, I'm just saying. Every time I read the name...I can't help but associate it. :
      • 4 Years Ago
      There was another car concept done a year or so ago, now... Maybe it was a Zagato-bodied Ferrari, or something, I forget...

      ...that had a similar vent arrangement, a spear ahead of the front wheel well, and a resumed line behind the front wheel well...

      If done well, it is kind of a nice touch. :D

      The hood on this rendering, not so sure of...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's hoping they finally do away with that insipid central gauge cluster.

      • 4 Years Ago
      looks like a mix between panoz esperante and dodge copperhead concept.
      • 4 Years Ago
      panoz - please change the name of your company - nobody cares that it is your family name - it's embarrassing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah Don, don't be like Ford, or Chrysler, or Dodge, or Chevrolet, or Buick, or Mercedes Benz, or Toyota, or Honda, or Ferrari, and many others. Where did you get that silly idea anyway?
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks like Panoz's design department is still stuck in the 90's
        • 4 Years Ago
        it is nice tho not original... still nice, that is all that matters.
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