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.
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.