PRICEY PANOZ RETURNS
THE Panoz Esperante GTR-1 thundered its way into race fans’ memories with its cacophonous V8 roar and blistering pace. When entrepreneur Don Panoz commissioned car designer Adrian Reynard to create the
for his newly-founded Motor Sport Group, it was the first front-engine prototype race in 30 years of motorsports.
The Panoz Esperante GTR-1 with its 6.0-litre Ford-based V8 engine competed in international endurance racing various forms from 1997 to 2003.
One version, the 1998 Panoz Q9 Hybrid — affectionately known as Sparky was the first successful modern hybrid race car.
In all, Esperante GTR-1 scored 20 podium finishes with five overall wins and nine class victories.
Paving the way for the car street legal Panoz Le Mans Homologation Special, created so iconic frontengine Esperante GTR-1 race could compete in
1997 24 Hours of and other endurance racing events. This one remaining Esperante
Special has been painstakingly restored over six months was displayed at the recent Dubai motor show.
It has remained in the Panoz collection in Braselton its entire existence.
Fancy your very own Esperante GTR-1? Panoz can fulfil dreams of those who wish to own a street-legal GTR-1, with carbon fibre replica or a modified version using alternate composites and lightweight technologies.
Pricing starts at $890,000 and is dependent on the customer’s personalisation requirements.