Panoz is a designer and manufacturer of high-end and exclusive performance and luxury sports cars such as the Esperante convertible, limited edition Esperante Spyder and Spyder GT; Esperante GTS race car; Roadster; GTR-1; and the all-new 2017 Panoz Avezzano.
Its design team supports DeltaWing Manufacturing Co. projects requiring additional street legal vehicle design and engineering expertise. Panoz was the first U.S. auto manufacturer to design and build an aluminum-intensive vehicle (AIV). It combined superformed aluminum body panels with an extruded aluminum chassis to create the 1997 Panoz AIV Roadster, which was 70 percent aluminum.
Panoz returns to GT racing with the new Avezzano and will field a two-car team in the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Championship GTS class.
Panoz Motor Sport Legacy
Don Panoz's involvement in international automobile racing spans two decades with success on many of the world's most famous racing circuits.
Panoz founded the Panoz Motor Sport Group in 1997 and fielded the Panoz Esperante GTR-1 — the first successful front-engine prototype race car in more than 30 years of racing. Panoz race cars won at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the 1000 km of Nürburgring, and the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, a race he founded. It became one of the largest auto races on earth.
He also realized a dream of preserving and expanding endurance racing in North America when he created the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) endurance racing championship with its "For the Fans" mantra. Modeled after international endurance sports car racing, he built upon North America's grand road racing history, which dates back to the late 1940s.
Panoz was a hybrid racing pioneer. In 1998 Panoz created and raced the first modern hybrid race car — the Panoz Q9 GTR-1 Hybrid, affectionately known as "Sparky."
He also invested in and resurrected three significant and historic road racing circuits: Canada's Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly Mosport International Raceway), Florida's Sebring International Raceway (home of the legendary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring), and Road Atlanta.
Panoz also saw success in open-wheel racing. Panoz G-Force cars won the famed Indianapolis 500 race in 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2004.
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