Panoz Esperante

Panoz Esperante
Panoz Esperante front quarter.jpg
ManufacturerPanoz, LLC
AssemblyBraselton, Georgia 30548, United States
LayoutFR layout
SuccessorPanoz Avezzano (for Coupe Model)

First generationEdit

First generation
AssemblyBraselton, Georgia 30548, United States
Body and chassis
Body style2-door coupé (Esperante GTLM)
2-door convertible
LayoutFR layout
Engine4.6 L (281 CID) Modular V8
4.6 L Supercharged Modular V8
Transmission4-speed Automatic, 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual
Wheelbase106 in (2,700 mm)
Length185.9 in (4,720 mm)
Width73.7 in (1,870 mm)
Height53.2 in (1,350 mm)
Curb weight3,384 lb (1,535 kg)

The Esperante is a sports car made by Panoz, an American car manufacturer.

There have been several Esperante models: the base model GT, the GTLM, the GTS, the JRD (an aftermarket upgrade brand similar to Roush Mustangs), the Brabham, and the 2015 430-hp Spyder and 560-hp Spyder GT. Each model has different specifications. The GTLM, for example, uses a supercharger to boost power from 305 hp (227 kW) to 420 hp (313 kW), raising performance from 0-62 mph in 5 seconds to 4 seconds. The GTS on the other hand is built as a driver's class spec car, to SCCA standards, with harness, roll cage, side bars, etc. Additionally, it is around 600 lb (272 kg) lighter than the base Esperante, has a steel 5.8 liter V8 racing engine that produces 385 bhp (287 kW; 390 PS), and is made of easily replaceable panels to facilitate small impact race repair. It can do 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.2 seconds, go up to a top speed of 182 mph (293 km/h), and achieve 0.98 g of lateral grip.

Panoz's engines are sourced from General Motors LS-based small-block engine and Ford Motor Company's Modular V8 family. Production continues today. The company currently builds the Spyder and Spyder GT, an Esperante convertible with a removable hardtop, and plans were made to introduce a new version of the car in late 2016.

The specifications below apply to cars produced in the mid-2000s. The current Esperante Specifications can be found at the Panoz website


Body and chassisEdit

Engine and drivetrainEdit

Rev: 3.22:1 Final: 3.27:1
  • Differential: Limited-slip type, 8.8 inch (224 mm) ring gear, aluminum case
  • Weight: 1,200 kg (2,646 lb)


  • 0-62 mph (0–100 km/h): 4.2 sec (Esperante GTLM)
  • 0-62 mph (0–100 km/h): 4.9 sec (Esperante GT)
  • 0-62 mph (0–100 km/h): 5.1 sec (Esperante)
  • Quarter Mile: 13.4 sec. @ 107.3 mph (Esperante GT)
  • Quarter Mile: 13.7 sec. @ 103.5 mph (Esperante)
  • Lateral Acceleration: 0.96 g (Esperante GT)
  • Lateral Acceleration: 0.92 g (Esperante)
  • Top Speed: 155 mph (250 km/h) with manual transmission
  • Top Speed: 150 mph (242 km/h) with automatic transmission


  • Front: Fully independent short-long arm (SLA) double wishbone configuration with gas charged Eibach coil-over shock absorbers and anti-roll bar
  • Rear: Fully independent, double wishbone with horizontally opposed, pushrod-and-rocker activated Penske gas charged coil-over shock absorbers and anti-roll bar.
  • Wheels: Aluminum BBS, 17 by 9 inches (430 by 230 mm)
  • Installed Tires: Yokohama, Dunlop P255/45ZR17


  • Manufacturer: Performance Friction Brakes
  • Type: Four-wheel power assisted ventilated discs
  • ABS: Electronic three channel, four sensor
  • Front: Dual-piston caliper with high-pressure steel braided brake lines and 13 inch (330 mm) vented steel rotor
  • Rear: Single-piston caliper with 11.7 inch (297 mm) vented steel rotor


Dimensions and capacitiesEdit

  • Seating Capacity: 2
  • Wheelbase: 106.0 in (2.713 m)
  • Track: front 60.9 in (1.55 m), rear 63.2 in (1.58 m)
  • Overall Length: 176.3 in (4.478 m)
  • Overall Width: 73.2 in (1.859 m)
  • Overall Height: 53.4 in (1.356 m)
  • Ride Height: 5.0 in (127 mm)
  • Curb Weight: 3200 lb (1,450 kg)
  • Fuel Capacity: 15.7 U.S. gal (59.4 L)

Other Technical specificationsEdit

  • AM/FM/ audio system With Subwoofers and dual Speakers
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power windows
  • Cruise Control
  • Traction Control
  • Stability control
  • Power Folding Convertible top for the convertible model

Second generationEdit

Second generation
Also calledPanoz Avezzano
AssemblyHoschton, Georgia 30548, United States
Body and chassis
Body style2-door convertible
LayoutFR layout
Transmission6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase106 in (2,700 mm)[2]
Length182 in (4,600 mm)
Width76.5 in (1,940 mm)
Height47.9 in (1,220 mm)
Curb weight3,384 lb (1,535 kg)

Racing (Panoz Esperante GTLM)Edit

Panoz Esperante GTLM
CategoryAmerican Le Mans Series GT2
24 Hours of Le Mans GT2
Constructor  Panoz
Designer(s)Don Panoz
Tom Milner Sr.
Simon Marshall
Nick Alcock
Technical specifications
ChassisModular extruded aluminium peripheral frame forming the basis for a semi monocoque central structure, unibody space frame, bolted and bonded to optimized tubular front and rear steel subframes
Suspension (front)Double A-arm with coil springs, adjustable anti-roll bar
Suspension (rear)As front
Length4,722 mm (186 in)
Width1,872 mm (74 in) excluding side rear view mirror
1,973 mm (78 in) including side rear view mirror
Height1351-1356 mm (53.2-53.4 in) depending on use of ride height (medium ride height: 1,353.5 mm (53.3 in))
Axle trackFront: 1552-1608 mm (61.1-63.3 in)
Rear: 1542-1626 mm (60.7-64 in)
Wheelbase2,692 mm (106 in)
EngineFord-Élan Modular M-6007-T50EA 5.0 L (305 cu in) V8 90° cylinder angle, 32-valve, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, naturally aspirated (no Turbocharger), front engined, longitudinally mounted
TransmissionHewland IGTC 6-speed sequential manual gearbox, Xtrac Salisbury adjustable mechanical limited-slip differential
Power476 hp (355 kW) @ 5500 rpm
Weight1,200 kg (2,646 lb) (including driver)
FuelEthanol E10, 90% gasoline
TyresYokohama ADVAN
Front: 320/65 - R18
Rear: 330/71 - R18
BBS aluminum wheels
Front: 12.5 x 18 inches
Rear: 13 x 18 inches
Competition history
Notable entrants  Multimatic Motorsports
  Panoz Team PTG
  Robertson Racing
Notable drivers  Scott Maxwell
  David Brabham
  Gunnar Jeannette
  Tommy Milner
  Sébastien Bourdais
  Bill Auberlen
  Joey Hand
  Tom Kimber-Smith
  Ross Smith
  David Robertson
  Andrea Robertson
  David Murry
  Arie Luyendyk Jr.
  Bryan Sellers
  Tom Sutherland
  Dominik Farnbacher
  Ian James
Debut2006 12 Hours of Sebring
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

A racing version of the Esperante known as the Esperante GT-LM was developed by Panoz for the GT2 category of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 2006 was a year of noticeable achievement for Panoz.

PTG's Panoz Esperante GT-LM at the 2007 Generac 500

The #50 Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz Esperante GT-LM took a first place podium finish at the 55th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring beating GT2 regulars BMW, Porsche, Ferrari, and Spyker.

That June the #81 Panoz Esperante GT-LM campaigned by England-based Team LNT [1] managed to outlast and overtake the remaining LMGT2 contenders in the final hour of the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In Europe, Team LNT will be campaigning two Esperantes also. They will be competing in the British GT Championship and Le Mans Endurance Series. Team LNT will be returning to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2007 with both the #81 and #82 cars.[2][permanent dead link]

During the 2007 American Le Mans season the Panoz Esperante GTLM will be managed, stateside, by Tom Milner and Team PTG. They will be campaigning two GT-LMs (#20 and #21). Team PTG scored 1 GT2 class podium in the hands of Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand in 2007 Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg. In the same year, Panoz Esperante GTLM also fielded Robertson Racing Team as 2007 ALMS season part-time entries in the hands of Andrea Robertson, David Robertson and Arie Luyendyk Jr.


  1. ^ Panoz Motors | Elite Custom Handmade Sports Cars
  2. ^ "2015 Panoz Esperante Spyder GT". Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  • Holmes, Mark (2007). Ultimate Convertibles: Roofless Beauty. London: Kandour. pp. 122–123. ISBN 978-1-905741-62-5.

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