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182015 Panoz Esperante Spyder GT is a roadgoing $200k catamaran

Not all the cars at the 2014 SEMA Show are covered in wild paint jobs, fitted with wheels the size of moons and featuring obscene amounts of horsepower. Some, like the Panoz Esperante Spyder GT 25th Anniversary Edition, just look like very good sporty cars.

23Don Panoz checks out Jay Leno's Garage with his 2015 Esperante Spyder GT prototype

After a few years out of the production auto business, Panoz is making cars again, and it's returning with the limited-edition Esperante Spyder GT to celebrate the company's 25th anniversary building cars. This week, Don Panoz swings by Jay Leno's Garage to talk about the latest model, and then Jay takes a drive in it with the company's lead (and only) engineer.

17Panoz reveals 25th anniversary Esperante Spyder at McCall's

Panoz has kept the Esperante around for about fourteen years now, making it one of the longer-serving models on the market. But in Monterey this week, the American niche automaker is introducing a revised version of the Esperante that aims to keep it current.

39Nissan's Ghosn called out by Deltawing's Panoz in print ad

When the Nissan ZEOD RC limped to the side of the Circuit de la Sarthe a mere five laps into this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, we imagine that a certain American motorsports figure at least smirked a little. Don Panoz's ongoing feud with Nissan probably means he wasn't sorry to see the arrow-shaped racecar's poor showing, and now he's stepping up his campaign against his former racing partner.

1625th Anniversary Panoz Esperante Spyder officially debuts

Less than a month since the Esperante Spyder and Spyder GT 25th Anniversary Editions were first shown in very rough prototype form, Panoz has finished the first car – a standard Spyder – with an aluminum body painted in eye-catching red paint with carbon fiber accents and a tan leather interior. For the moment, it sits in the entranceway of the company's new headquarters in Georgia.

28Panoz celebrates 25 years with Esperante Spyder

Panoz forged a legacy of creating race-winning endurance and open wheel cars through the late-1990s and early-2000s, but the company has been relatively quiet for the past few years. However, with its 25th anniversary looming, the American sports car brand appears to be on a comeback. It's prepping several new models and opening a new headquarters in Georgia on April 3.

48Panoz and DeltaWing suing Nissan over BladeGlider concept

Similarity is bound to occur in an industry where most of the products follow the same basic formula. But once in a while a new design comes along that doesn't quite reinvent the wheel, but comes pretty damn close. The DeltaWing project was one such design – and Nissan, the car's designers allege, stole that design.

14Panoz to kick off production of street-legal racecars this month

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.

42DeltaWing coming back with major updates, enclosed cockpit

The development of the DeltaWing is making a break and taking a left turn, with a report on Speed revealing that almost none of the partners who helped make the car possible are involved in its racing plans for 2013. That includes Ben Bowlby, the man who dreamed it up, Dan Gurney's All American Racers, Highcroft Racing and Nissan – all of them have apparently stepped away. The only potential supplier left is Michelin, and it's only potential because Michelin hasn't commented on the matter.

12Panoz wants to race fields of DeltaWings in American Le Mans Series

In pretty much any racing series you go to, the cars tend to progress in an evolutionary, not revolutionary fashion. This year's crop of Formula One cars, for example, may have those ungainly stepped noses, but they otherwise look pretty much the same as last year's cars, which looked mostly the same as the cars the year before and the year before that, and so on and so forth. The same could be generally said of Indy, Le Mans prototypes...even stock cars. The DeltaWing project, however, is anoth

2Mosport purchased by Ron Fellows-led investor group

Mosport International Raceway is Canada's motorsports mecca. Located in Ontario, the facility features a 2.5-mile-long track, 1.5-mile-long driver training circuit and a nearly 1-mile-long kart track. Now Mosport also features new owners.

43Panoz Abruzzi makes on-track appearance, gearing up for competition

Panoz Abruzzi on the track at Petit Le Mans – Click above for high-res image gallery

28Panoz Abruzzi Spirit of Le Mans live from France [w/video]

Panoz Abruzzi Spirit of Le Mans – Click above for image gallery

34Officially Official: Panoz reveals the Abruzzi Spirit of Le Mans

Panoz Abruzzi Spirit of Le Mans – Click above for high-res image gallery

10Panoz Abruzzi teased again ahead of Le Mans debut

Panoz Abruzzi teaser – Click above for high-res images

17Panoz teases new Abruzzi "Spirit of Le Mans" sports car

Panoz Abruzzi teaser – Click above to enlarge

24Panoz to unveil new Abruzzi sportscar at Le Mans

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.

4Carl Haas takes over distribution of Panoz race cars and parts

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).

9Panoz could return to ALMS prototype class with algae butanol power

Don Panoz, founder of the American Le Mans Series, wants to return his brand back to the top ranks of the series and possibly bring a new greener fuel as well. Panoz spoke at press conference in the run up to Saturday's 12 Hours of Sebring and announced that the race car manufacturer he owns is working on a LMP1 class coupe. Like the Panoz GTR-1 that ran successfully both in ALMS and in Europe in the late '90s first in GT1 and later with modifications as P1 car, this one would be front-engined,

11998 Panoz Q9: A hybrid race car ahead of its time

At next month's 12 Hours of Sebring, Corsa Motorsports will be debuting it's new Zytek hybrid drive LMP1 car, but this is far from the first hybrid race car in the American Le Mans Series. Back in 1998, the Panoz GTR-1 was nearing the end of its life-cycle as a competitive race car. As a last hurrah for the GT1 car, Panoz teamed up with Zytek, the same company developing the system that's being run by Corsa, to create a hybrid racer. Like today's hybrids, this one paired a Zytek-built electric m

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