Iconic Panoz Esperante GTR-1 Racecar Restored to Full Glory


The Panoz Esperante GTR-1 Le Mans Homologation Special has been fully restored after an extensive six-month process.

Making its debut at the 2015 Dubai Motor Show, the Panoz Esperante GTR-1 Le Mans Homologation Special was originally created so that the iconic front-engine Esperante GTR-1 could compete in the 1994 24 Hours of Le Mans and other endurance racing events. The racecar went on to capture 20 podium finishes with five overall wins and nine class victories while being powered by a 6.0-liter Ford-based V8 engine.

For the street version, Panoz outfitted the Esperante GTR-1 Homologation Special with a front-mounted, fuel-injected 6.0-liter V8 engine with over 600 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. The powerplant is mated to a six-speed ZF transmission and the production car weighs a scant 1,980 pounds. Braking performance comes in the form of Brembo eight-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers in the rear, while 18×10.5-inch OZ Racing¬†center-lock wheels are bolted on all four corners wrapped with 285/40/18 tires.

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It also sports a full leather interior, is street legal and is driven on occasion, according to Panoz, which owns the car. Throughout its entire existence, it has remained in the Panoz collection at the company’s headquarters in Braselton, Georgia.

Although Panoz has no plans of parting with this particular Esperante GTR-1 Homologation Special, it did say it could create a near-exact carbon fiber replica or a modified version using alternate composites and lightweight technologies for an interested customer. It comes at a price though, starting from $890,000.

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  • johnls39 .

    Man this car is ugly.