• May 3, 2010
Panoz Abruzzi teaser – Click above to enlarge

After nearly two decades of building cars, Panoz Auto Development is just now getting ready to introduce its third new model. The Abruzzi "Spirit of Le Mans" will officially debut next month in conjunction with the French endurance classic. Panoz has released the first official teaser image of the new coupe, with founder Don Panoz mentioning that none of the numerous renderings purporting to show the Abruzzi are accurate.

No details about the powertrain have been revealed, but the body is made from a Recyclable Energy Absorbing Matrix System which apparently utilizes lots of recaptured materials. The Abruzzi also incorporates a three-stage cooling system that benefits performance and efficiency. Given that the ALMS is such a strong proponent of alternative fuels we wouldn't be surprised to see something unusual under the hood, perhaps even a hybrid. We'll find out soon enough.

[Source: American Le Mans Series]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anybody else see some Porsche Cayman in there?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Any idea what engine will it use?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it is mid or rear engined. Look at the intake on the roof and the vents at the rear.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Many mid or rear engined cars still have front vents becuase the radiators are still in the front. See Ford GT.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What of the front hood and side ventilation then? For show? I think it's more likely that it's front engined. Proportionally the photo gives the appearance that it's smaller than the Esparante and similar to the Crossfire, which is interesting given the rumour this will find it's way into GT2.
      • 4 Years Ago
      want to touch the hiney!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very nice, hopefully the face lives up to what's shown here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or, from this one shot, are there are a lot of various-generation Corvette styling-touches paid homage to here?

      Not that that's a bad thing... I mean, from this one shot, it looks quite stunning... here's hoping the whole car is as pretty as this teaser.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Eeeee, nasty uneven panel gaps showing up in the early renderings. Looks like a Cayman went to Braselton, GA and mated with a 64 Vette. Probably still sitting on a butchered up Mustang chassis to boot. Nobody wins.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wiesmann anyone?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wiesmann GT.........exactly what I was thinking. Which, btw is not a bad thing at all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks sexy. Hopefully they'll price it to rival a 911 and not a gallardo
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully the front bumper will fit a bit better than on previous models...
      http://www.supercars.net/Pics?v=y&s=c&id=3440&p=2003_Panoz_GTLM2.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whoa buddy. From what I can see, yes please :o)
      • 4 Years Ago
      cant wait to see it, yet i wonder how ill the doors open. will it be something like the ford gt or the mclaren slr?
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