Panoz Abruzzi Spirit news 2010-09-08

HOMOLOGATION PROCESS NEARING COMPLETION FOR PANOZ ABRUZZI "SPIRIT OF LE MANS" Newest American supercar soon to officially hit the market HOSCHTON, Ga. (September 8, 2010) - Panoz Auto Development's latest wonder is getting closer and closer to...

Newest American supercar soon to officially hit the market

HOSCHTON, Ga. (September 8, 2010) - Panoz Auto Development's latest wonder is getting closer and closer to appearing on public roadways around the world. The homologation process for the Panoz Abruzzi "Spirit of Le Mans" will be complete by the end of the year. PADC also confirmed that it will begin taking orders at that point for the new American-made supercar.

The Abruzzi "Spirit of Le Mans" made its global premier in June at the fabled Le Mans 24 Hours. Remarkably it will be approved for road use in Europe approximately six months later, an unusually short span for road car homologation.

"Compared to any other manufacturer, we would be considerably ahead of schedule," said Don Panoz, founder of the Panoz organization to which PADC belongs. "But when we launched this new project our goal was to have the Abruzzi 'Spirit of Le Mans' fully road-going and on the market for purchasers by 2011. The fact that we are at this point is testament to the tireless efforts of the Panoz Auto Development team."

The Abruzzi "Spirit of Le Mans" is more than a technological masterpiece from Panoz Auto Development Company, based in Hoschton, Ga. It represents a new chapter in automotive production and delivery, tied into the 24 Hours of Le Mans - 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.

Panoz also reiterated that the American public can expect its first in-person look at the Abruzzi "Spirit of Le Mans" during the upcoming Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA2 at Road Atlanta, September 29-October 2. The 1,000-mile/10-hour endurance classic is the final round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, a championship Panoz founded in 1999.

Panoz noted that because approval of the road-going version must come before racing homologation, the Abruzzi "Spirit of Le Mans" is expected to compete as an unclassified entry at Petit Le Mans. And given that the brand that bears his name is a truly global one, Panoz announced the intention to enter the Abruzzi in the third and final round of the new Intercontinental Le Mans Cup event at Zhuhai, China on November 7.

That's not all! Panoz also confirmed recent rumors among the automotive media regarding the plan for a future edition of the Abruzzi, the next in a series of versions of the exotic super sports car.

"This is an extremely exciting time," Panoz said. "These first few months of the Abruzzi 'Spirit of Le Mans' are laying the groundwork for what promises to be a tremendously bright future for our brand. These are opportunities to further Panoz's reputation as the world's premier constructor of hand-built sports cars."

Abruzzi: The Automobile
The 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. It is powered by a V8 engine producing 640 HP @ 6500 rpm / 477 KW and 600 + ft lbs of torque at 3800 rpm/ 821 nm. Its styling - inspired by automobiles like the 1935 Delahaye and born of a pre-war era of classic streamlining - has been described by automotive observers as "dramatic", "eye-turning", "organic" and even "radical".

In addition to its unique aerodynamic styling and its impressive power and torque, a number of technical advancements will be pioneered and proven on the Abruzzi - "Spirit of Le Mans". It breaks new ground in environmental design and construction represented by the Recyclable Energy Absorbing Matrix System body system. R.E.A.M.S.® 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 fiber yet equally strong. Unlike carbon fiber however, it is dent-resistant, shatter-proof and recyclable.

Abruzzi also introduces TRIFECTACOOLING® technology. In addition to a normal high-efficiency radiator, there are stage two and stage three systems that lower coolant temperature on both the inflow to and the outflow from the radiator.

Abruzzi: The Experience
The Panoz Abruzzi harkens back to a day where drivers would pilot their car to Le Mans, race it twice around the clock then drive back home. It essentially captures the "Spirit of Le Mans" with a never-before-seen acquisition program that sets a new standard for personalization and delivery.

Given the roots of Panoz's automotive dreams, it is only appropriate that the Abruzzi "Spirit of Le Mans" will be delivered to its owners at the famed Circuit de la Sarthe, shipped directly there from the Panoz factory. Each automobile will be linked to a specific Le Mans 24 Hour race, with the chassis number also containing that specific race date and the initials of the winning drivers and the history of that year.

Professional drivers will instruct owners in driving the car on the Bugatti Circuit at Le Mans. Service and repairs also will be attended to at the ACO facilities of the Circuit 24 Hours of Le Mans.

New vehicle owners also will be invited to the 24 Hours of Le Mans as guests of the ACO and Panoz at the ACO's hospitality facilities in the "Module Sportif" at the circuit. New owners also will have the unique opportunity to drive a parade lap of the full 8.3-mile circuit at that year's event.

During the Le Mans race week a "Spirit of Le Mans" reception will be held at the clubhouse of the famed Golf Des 24 Heures in the historic town of Arnage. The new owners for that year will be the guests of the ACO officials and past "Spirit of Le Mans" award winners such as Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell.

Panoz Auto Development Company produces leading-edge, fully certified automobiles and is best known for the first US-manufactured AIV (Aluminum Intensive Vehicle) - the Panoz AIV Roadster. The Panoz Esperante body and chassis also extensively employs aluminum for performance, safety and efficiency. The Panoz Esperante GTLM earned world-famous stature as a race car by winning the GT2 category at both the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a single year - 2006.

-source: Panoz Auto Development Co.

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Series ALMS , Le Mans , European Le Mans
Drivers Jacky Ickx , Derek Bell , Don Panoz