• Jun 2, 2010
Panoz Abruzzi teaser – Click above for high-res images

Anticipation of a new sportscar from Panoz has been mounting for some time now. Initial reports back in October forecasted the arrival of a successor to the current Esperante, followed by confirmation a couple of months ago, and finally the first cropped teaser image just a few weeks ago. Now the independent constructor has released its second image as it prepares to unveil the first prototype next week during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Called the Abruzzi "Spirit of Le Mans", the new sportscar features a number of new technologies for Panoz, including Recyclable Energy Absorbing Matrix System (REAMS) construction and a new TrifectaCooling system developed to improve both performance and efficiency.

The Abruzzi – apparently so named in reference to and solidarity with the recently disaster-striken Italian region – will be officially unveiled at La Sarthe at noon on Tuesday, June 8, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can check out the press release after the jump and the pair of high-res teaser images in the gallery below.



[Source: Panoz]
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2010

REVEAL OF PANOZ ABRUZZI "SPIRIT OF LE MANS" DRAWING CLOSER
New hint of Panoz`s new supercar...built from one man`s dream

HOSCHTON, Ga. - A champion of innovation and forward-thinking, Don Panoz will unveil his latest automotive dream machine next week at a most familiar location – Le Mans, France. The cloak will come off the new Abruzzi "Spirit of Le Mans" a few days before the start of the famed 24-hour race in the Sarthe region of France. Panoz, founder of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and the Panoz Motor Sports Group empire, created even more anticipation by releasing another teaser image of the new super car.

The world's international media and press contingent will see the Abruzzi "Spirit of Le Mans" for the first time in all its glory at noon CET on Tuesday, June 8. The public will gaze on it as well throughout the event weekend when it will be the main attraction in the Village – an expansive central location at the circuit that hundreds of thousands of spectators and guests will pass through for meals, merchandise and entertainment.

Most assuredly, the hand-built, limited-production car and its fanfare will capture the Spirit of Le Mans in more ways than one. Purchasers of the Abruzzi "Spirit of Le Mans" will enjoy one of the most exclusive and unique delivery experiences ever offered in the automotive history.

"The anticipation of the public in seeing the Abruzzi 'Spirit of Le Mans' is only slightly behind my own," Panoz said. "I can guarantee that there has never been such a unique ownership and delivery program around such a spectacular automobile. It quite appropriately captures my dream and my experience of Le Mans – an event that is among the most meaningful of my life."

Panoz Auto Development – located in Hoschton, Ga. – will produce the Abruzzi "Spirit of Le Mans". It remains one of the world's few remaining small-volume sports car manufacturing companies. In the tradition of pioneering design philosophies born out of the Panoz AIV Roadster, the Abruzzi "Spirit of Le Mans" features multiple technological breakthroughs and advances. Among them are the using of REAMS® material technology in the actual body construction – "REAMS®" standing for Recyclable Energy Absorbing Matrix System. It offers unprecedented environmental, performance and structural advantages.

The Abruzzi also introduces a three-stage "TRIFECTACOOLING"® technology, an innovative development that improves both engine performance and efficiency thanks to multiple cooling systems that lower coolant temperature on both the inflow to and the outflow from the radiator. The Abruzzi also extensively employs LED lighting technologies, both functionally and stylistically.

Panoz Auto Development produces leading-edge, fully certified automobiles and is best known for the first US-manufactured AIV (Aluminum Intensive Vehicle) - the Panoz AIV Roadster. The Panoz Esperante body and chassis also extensively employs aluminum for performance, safety and efficiency. The Panoz Esperante GTLM earned world-famous stature as a race car by winning the GT2 category at both the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a single year – 2006.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Well it definitely looks different... at least from what we can see so far.

      Even if it's "ugly" I can appreciate them going out on a limb and trying to be different as opposed to a couple of rather generic looking cars that have been released lately.
      For instance, I think the Lotus Evora is way too plain-looking for a supercar, as is the new McLaren. Not that they are ugly... far from it, and I would kill to own either one of them, but honestly I think their exterior styling is a little bland for the type of car that they are.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Panoz: Our cars are just as fast as they are ugly!"

      Oh well, at least they have thier priorities straight.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Panoz's first road car, the wanna-be Lotus Seven was never known for style. The Esperante was a good looking car. Not stunning, but good looking. Considering they are a very low volume production company, they need to be unique. It looks like they are taking some design cues from their GT1 racer and concept super car. There is little doubt it will be a car that people love or hate the styling, no middle ground. In the end they just need a few hundred who love it with the cash to buy it to make it work. Good luck to Danny Panoz and his crew on this one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ''Spirit of Le Mans''? Panoz always had their own view of what a Le Mans car should be (front engined prototypes and such) This car should be ''Spirit of Le Mans as per Panoz''
      • 4 Years Ago
      Found this sketch (link below) of the Abruzzi(?) on another site and it doesn't look too horrible. That said, Panoz road cars have not been particularly attractive so far.

      http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?f=23&t=829359&nmt=RE:%20Panoz%20To%20Launch%20New%20Sports%20Car%20At%20Le%20Mans
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a long time Panoz fan just make sure the recipe for the GT2 car is right: Front Engined V8 on Michelin Tires please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      is that the front or the back?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hard to say just yet, but it's shaping up to be pretty gnarly looking.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "gnarly" would be the correct adjective. I have a hunch however that thier obvious attempt to keep design cues from the previous car is going to ruin everything.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully that big designer hole (for aerodynamic / feeding / cooling functions probably) doesnt make it look like a big shark mouth.

      I have seen 1 Panoz (esperate),in person,and just had to google what exactly they looked like.

      This will probably be sold away and not seen by anyone.