Small carmaker Panoz Motor Sports unveils Le Mans

(Jun 17, 2010) - Georgia's Don Panoz again has captured the Spirit of Le Mans says some observers. But what it will cost, they are not yet ready to say.

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(Jun 17, 2010)

Georgia’s Don Panoz again has captured the Spirit of Le Mans says some observers. But what it will cost, they are not yet ready to say.

This time, one of the world’s most forward-thinking entrepreneurs is pairing his newest automotive masterpiece with the legacy of the world’s greatest auto race. The Panoz Abruzzi Spirit of Le Mans was shown for the first time last week at the Circuit de La Sarthe, an appropriate venue for the world debut of what they claim is a unique automobile from the southern United States.

This is culmination of equal parts time, effort and dreams,” said Panoz, founder of the Panoz Motor Sports Group. “The Panoz brand always has prided itself on hand-building and delivering an exotic automobile and experience to our customers. Our new offering takes this to a completely new level.”

The Abruzzi Spirit of Le Mans is more than a technological masterpiece from Panoz Auto Development, based in Hoschton, a small community of just more than 1,000 people, about 80 km northeast of Atlanta. It represents a new chapter in automotive production and delivery, tied into the world’s most demanding auto race.

The super sports car will be offered as a strictly limited edition. Only 81 Abruzzi Spirit of Le Mans vehicles will ever be produced, corresponding to the number of Le Mans 24 Hour contests between the inception of the race in 1923 and the race to be held in 2013.

The hand-built Abruzzi Spirit of Le Mans is a unique, front-engine, rear-transaxle and rear-radiator super sports car – road-legal in Europe and many countries of Asia, the Middle East and South America.

The powertrain will deliver 600-plus hp with 590 ft/lbs of torque. Advanced design and aerodynamics offer astounding downforce and road holding.

Performance is just one facet that sets the Abruzzi apart from other exotics. It also breaks new ground in environmental design and construction starting with the unprecedented implementation of the what it terms the Recyclable Energy Absorbing Matrix System body system that offers environmental, performance and structural advantages like no other automobile body system on the planet.

Never used before on any road-going automobile, the multi-layer composite system is lighter than carbon fibre yet equally strong, they claim. Unlike carbon fibre, however, it is dent-resistant, shatter proof and recyclable.

Abruzzi also introduces new cooling technology.

In addition to a normal high-efficiency radiator, there are two and three systems that lower temperatures.

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