Panoz, an automaker that specializes in building endurance racers, has announced it will build you any of its machines - road car or racecar - for the street, Endurance-Info reports. That's great news for people who've always dreamed of driving a road-legal racecar, and even better news for people who can afford one of the bespoke creations.

The announcement was made in the automaker's new showroom and museum in Braselton, GA, where several important Panoz road cars and racecars, such as the Abruzzi Spirit of Le Mans and the GTR-1, are on display. "We will be producing all these cars [in the showroom and museum], on a one-off customer basis, for the street," says John A. Leverett, Panoz LLC's vice president of sales. "If you want a Panoz GTR-1 for the street, we will produce one for you. If you want a roadster, we'll make one for you." He went on to say that the cars would have new carbon/aluminum chassis, new powertrains and custom interiors.

Speaking of the roadster Leverett mentioned, we assume he means the Panoz Roadster (pictured, foreground), which was the company's first car back in 1990. It's not as well known as the Esperante and its many variants, but the little V8-powered sportscar looks more than a bit like an Ariel Atom with body cladding - and just as fun. (Just don't call it a mini Plymouth/Chrysler Prowler.)


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      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      And suddenly the Midtown Madness nostalgia kicks in... Seriously though, I'm 100% for any additional Panoz's being produced, especially since they're talking about the GTR-1. Picking up where the Oreca Viper team left off and the Vette team had really started to dominate their class, Panoz helped continue my fascination with American cars in Le Mans. I love how this Georgian company (along with the British engineering firm that helped the Oreca team) stuck with the front-engine layout during an era when everyone else in the class had their motors mounted in the middle/rear. A (literally) Le Mans racecar for the street? Yes please!
        Stang70Fastback
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        Seriously. I came here to make the Midtown Madness reference and I thought for sure I'd be the only one. I might have to find and download that game now, lol.
      me_not_you
      • 1 Year Ago
      An LMP-1 for the road would be awesome.
      PawelG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since we are talking about raod-legal racecares here, I'd assume that by "roadster" they mean the LMP1 Roadster-S/LMP-01 Evo, not the always road-legal Roadster/AIV Roadster.
        PawelG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @PawelG
        The LMP Roadster is the red car on the pic, behind the AIV Roadster.
      rollie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Prowler? Yea, if you look far enough back in this things rear view mirror!! Chrysler should have used a v-8, or a twin turbo. Either way, the Prowler performance never came close to what this type of car should have been. GM did the same thing with the Saturn Sky/Pontiac Solstice, but corrected the stupidity of a 160 HP four banger with a turbo after two years of production. "BOW-WOW" SAID THE DOG!
      summazooma
      • 1 Year Ago
      the roadster looks even better without the nerf bars
      alex.remsen
      • 1 Year Ago
      that's exactly what I was gonna call it haha!
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm sure Panoz make good cars... but they could try making them prettier.
      sixsix
      • 1 Year Ago
      Finally! I've always wished they would have made more street legal GT-1
      dartingd
      • 1 Year Ago
      These guys are 30 minutes from my house. I used to dream of working for them. I honestly never put forth the effort to try and get a job there, though...
      onewayroll
      • 1 Year Ago
      Any ideas' if they will keep using Ford powerplants?
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