Panoz Esperante--D&M Motorsports Video Test Drive Review 2012 Chris Moran
SEE OVER 100 IN-DEPTH AUTO REVIEWS @ www.SUPERCARNETWORK.com. A first drive for Chris in the Panoz Esperante. Presented by D&M Motorsports, hosted by Chris Moran.
Our intentions were good. This would be the first magazine to pit two similarly priced, low-volume, Ford SVT Mustang Cobra-powered sports cars from a pair of young and eager companies in a breathtaking shootout.
The fatal flaw was the timing. Qvale Modena is already shipping Mangustas to customers. The company diverted one for this test and certified that it was fairly representative of that which citizens of the land may purchase. On the other hand, Panoz Auto Development Company in Hoschton, Georgia, is still developing its Esperante. It did produce a prototype with Irish-green paint and oatmeal leather for testing, but the car was clearly yanked out of the oven while still a little squishy.
Regular production of the aluminum body panels had yet to begin, the interior is still undergoing minor revisions, and raising the unperfected convertible top occupied two engineers with tools for 20 minutes. In short, the Esperante's test numbers have too many asterisks to be used in an honest comparison with the Mangusta.
Not to say that the time spent with the Esperante was a complete waste. The Panoz shows promise of maturing into a shapely, competent roadster, and Danny Panoz promises the first buyers will be able to unload their extra $81,961 on one by this fall, once he obtains tops and bodies for the 100 or so completed chassis sitting in his factory.
That's just a few thousand clams shy of the Mangusta's price, but philosophically, the Esperante is a completely different animal. Panoz splices in far more Mustang DNA, including the steering rack, the ABS-equipped brakes (not available on the Mangusta), the independent rear suspension (IRS) module, and parts of the floorpan and fire wall. After modifications, those bits bolt to a space frame of interlocking aluminum extrusions that form the main structural skeleton.
Oddly enough, despite the high Mustang content, the Esperante feels less like a Mustang than the Qvale does. Panoz is aiming for a more classic sports-car experience and succeeds in part with a lower driving position, a compact three-spoke steering wheel that neatly conceals its airbag, and two pontoon fenders that bracket the view out the windshield.
The crisply tuned Panoz also behaves lighter on its feet. It turns in with Ginsu sharpness and bites the pavement hard in corners. But the Esperante demands a smooth hand near the limit because the rear end is easy to fluster and difficult to collect after it breaks loose.
Blame may lie with the Cobra's IRS module. Ford engineers designed it first and foremost to bolt directly to the Mustang's live-axle pickup points, sacrificing weight and performance for packaging convenience. Panoz adds only a cantilevered coil-on-shock assembly to make it work in the Esperante's space frame. Perhaps more tweaking will get the Panoz and Ford ends working in better harmony.
Throttle response is lustier in the Panoz, and it trounces the Mustang Cobra and the Mangusta in acceleration and braking. An oppressively boomy, low-restriction Exhaust may have helped contribute to the scorching drag-strip times. Danny says they are still tinkering with different systems.
Since it last appeared on these pages (January 1999), the Esperante has experienced some noteworthy revisions. "Nobody liked the pursed lips," admits Danny, so Panoz widened the tiny oval mouth that gave the first Esperante a face out of The X-Files. Inside, the company inched the shift knob closer to the driver by installing a remote shift linkage. It also repositioned the center-mounted gauges so that their binnacle is flat to the panel a la BMW Z8. Fine, except that they are even harder to read quickly and the reflection of the sky washes out the dials.
The Panoz may need to bake some more, but with Qvale out booking sales, the temperature should be hotter than ever.
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2001 Qvale Mangusta Start Up, Exhaust, and In Depth Tour
In this video I give a full in depth tour of the very rare 2001 Qvale
Mangusta. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior
of this car while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting
unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the
details of it, start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. A
thorough tour/review of this car designed to give others a greater overall
appreciation of the vehicle.
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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG--D&M Motorsports Test Drive Review 2012 Chris Moran
An in-depth review of Mercedes' newest world-class supercar, the 2011
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Hosted by Chris Moran. SEE OVER 100 IN-DEPTH AUTO
REVIEWS @ www.SUPERCARNETWORK.com.
It's five and a half feet long. It weighs 8.8 pounds. Height of an adult
female, weight of a gallon or so of gas—these are the critical dimensions
of the carbon-fiber driveshaft running between the engine and the
rear-mounted transaxle in the new Mercedes SLS AMG. We note this here
because, despite the car's retro-gullwing looks, the SLS is utterly
bleeding edge—both in terms of its technical attributes and what it
represents for Mercedes' in-house tuner. It is not simply a Mercedes with
bigger wheels and a breathed-upon V-8 or V-12. It is, down to its churning
carbon-fiber core, AMG's first dedicated automobile and the very antithesis
of the overly complex and overweight half-million-dollar Mercedes SLR
"The SLS is a serious super sports car," says AMG chief of development
Tobias Moers before taking a shot at the SLR, a carbon-fiber-bodied car
that still managed to weigh in at 3858 pounds. "Our SLS weighs only 3572
pounds," he says, nearly 300 pounds lighter than the McMerc. Keeping the
182.6-inch-long, two-seat SLS's mass in check is its entirely aluminum
construction (save for that driveshaft and steel A-pillars), a first for
Mercedes-Benz. The aluminum structure weighs just 531 pounds, Mercedes
The most distinctive aspect of the SLS's appearance is, of course, its
roof-hinged gullwing doors, an homage to the iconic 300SL Gullwing. But AMG
personnel took pains to point out that the doors are the only thing the SLS
has in common with the 300SL. "We do not build a retro car at all!" AMG
boss Volker Mornhinweg explains sharply. "In fact, we think it is the most
advanced super sports car you can buy today."
Those gullwing doors look spectacular. Unlike with the original SL, where
one had to slide over a wide sill because of the space-frame structure
underneath, it's easy to access the SLS's cabin. There's only one issue:
Riders need long arms to reach the distant handles at the bottom of each
door to pull them closed.
The interior is simple and uncluttered, much like a current SL roadster's.
While the car's structure is a pure AMG design, most of the parts, except
for the shifter, are from the Mercedes bin. The instrument cluster is clear
and easy to read, and we love the round HVAC vents. The center console has
an aluminum finish, with carbon fiber an option.
Press the starter button on the center console, and the now-familiar,
AMG-designed 6.2-liter V-8 awakens with an angry yelp. The idle is deep,
and the revs rise and fall race-car swiftly. Code-named M159, the engine is
basically a reengineered version of the M156 unit that's fitted to AMG's
"63" models. The M159 comes with an all-new magnesium intake, forged
pistons in place of cast ones, and optimized tubular Exhaust headers. The engineers also switched
from a wet sump to a dry arrangement, allowing the engine to be mounted
lower to benefit the SLS's center of gravity. The maximum output of 563 horsepower is
delivered at 6800 rpm, and peak torque of 479 pound-feet comes at 4750 rpm.
In order to satisfy emissions standards—EU5, LEVII, ULEV—the Bosch ME
9.7 AMG engine management is set up to recharge the battery during
deceleration. It's another way of trying to eke out decent fuel economy,
which, based on Mercedes' European estimates, should equate to roughly 13
mpg city and 20 highway.
-Car and Driver, November 2009
1998 Panoz Roadster
If your into the car that is a bit more unique than the standard repetitive
stuff you see at car shows then you have just stumbled across your holy
grail. Many people have not heard of Panoz but if you have you are aware
that these one of a kind cars are all built by hand. Taking inspiration
from race cars Panoz creates extremely unique automobiles that you won't
see anywhere else. One of the most amazing things about them is the fit
and finish is something you would expect from a billion dollar car
manufacturer like Ford or Chevrolet. When you typically think of custom
built cars you don't expect the tightness you would from something that
rolled off the assembly line in 2013. Well this car has that.
Why so unique you may ask? Well if the overall look of the car isn't
enough the fact that only 176 were produced to sell between 1997 - 1999
should do the trick. People and investors with an interest in cars are
constantly looking for the next Shelby Mustangs, Hemi Cudas, and rare
Corvettes. It can be difficult to predict what may be considered rare in
the future but you can bet the Panoz line of vehicles will be on the list.
The aluminum body has a very unique appearance with a tail similar to a
Cobra and a nose more like a track t. This streamline appearance hugs the
ground and creates a road racer appearance that impresses everyone who gets
a chance to see it. A aluminum block 4.6 liter powers the car and as you
can imagine provides plenty of torque. With a weight of roughly 2,500 lbs
you can imagine what 305 horsepower can really do.
These cars are extremely cool and if you ever have a chance to drive
one...DO IT! You will be amazed at the performance and handling
capabilities it has to offer.
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Range Rover Sport HSE--D&M Motorsports Video Test Drive and Walk Around with Chris Moran
An in-depth look at a 2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE with Chris
Moran. Presented by D&M Motorsports. www.dmautosales.com
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a premium SUV that represents a shift
in focus for this SUV-oriented luxury brand. While traditional Land Rover
models have combined unbeatable off-road performance with the amenities of
a luxury sedan, the Range Rover Sport represents Land Rover's first entry
into the burgeoning high-performance SUV arena. It is designed to offer
sporty road manners and traditional Land Rover luxury without completely
sacrificing the go-anywhere abilities of other Land Rover models.
Despite its name, the Range Rover Sport is actually a modified and
shortened version of the old Land Rover LR3. As such, the Sport is the
smallest and most nimble SUV in the company's lineup. Overall, it is an
enjoyable and luxurious vehicle to drive as well as look at. Shoppers
seriously interested in getting maximum on-road performance out of an SUV
would probably be better served by a few of this Land Rover's competitors,
however, as they are able to deliver better acceleration and handling.
Handling performance is a definite step up from other Land Rover models.
The Range Rover Sport is the first Land Rover to offer the company's
Dynamic Response suspension system, which is standard on the Supercharged
model and optional on the HSE. Land Rover says that this
computer-controlled system senses cornering forces and automatically
adjusts the antiroll bars to optimize body control and handling. Dynamic
Response works as advertised, giving the Range Rover Sport a more agile
feeling when the roads get twisty, as compared to previous Land Rovers.
Off-road performance is still within the Range Rover Sport's repertoire as
well. A permanent four-wheel-drive system with a two-speed transfer case is
standard, and features an electronically controlled, infinitely variable
locking center differential that automatically distributes the available
torque to both drive axles as needed. Additionally, the Range Rover Sport's
Terrain Response System assures that the driver will be up to nearly any
off-road task. It offers five different settings that adjust throttle
response, gearchanges, vehicle ride height and the differentials to
optimize mobility in varying environments, ranging from pavement to sand.
Land Rover is also synonymous with luxury, which doesn't take a backseat in
the Range Rover Sport. Just about any premium feature that you will find on
most luxury sedans, or any of its luxury SUV competitors, is available on
the Range Rover Sport. The same holds true for safety items, with the usual
complement of airbags and electronic crash-prevention aids.
Unlike the Sport's older cabin design, the current RR Sport offers the sort
of ambience its big Range Rover brother has been renowned for. Occupants
are surrounded by supple leathers, rich wood trim and top-notch materials,
while the dash design is not only visually appealing but easy to use as
well. As always, though, the Sport isn't as passenger-friendly as its Land
Rover siblings. Headroom can be at a premium, and the backseat is best
suited for two people.
We are impressed with the Range Rover Sport's dual-natured capabilities on
and off-road. Its 5.0-liter V8s provide the sort of power this hefty truck
requires, and the cabin yields the luxury its well-heeled customers
deserve. However, besides the above concerns, there's also the matter of
its thirsty fuel consumption and Land Rover's poor record for reliability.
Used Land Rover Range Rover Sport Models
The Range Rover Sport debuted for the 2006 model year and is still in its
first generation. However, there are notable differences between the
current model and those made from 2006-'09.
Originally, the HSE was equipped with a 4.4-liter V8 that developed 300 horsepower and 315
pound-feet of torque. The Supercharged model was equipped with a 4.2-liter
V8 that, logically, employed a Supercharger to produce 390 hp and 410 lb-ft of
torque. However, the relatively high curb weights put a damper on
performance and fuel economy for both models. Both engines were backed by a
six-speed automatic transmission with different tuning than the current
Montage of supercars! AMAZING - Shelby Series 1, Mercedes SLS AMG, Panoz Esperante
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Chris Ashworth records Part 3 of the Woodward Dream Cruise. You will see a
Shelby Series 1, Lamborghini Murcielago, Lotus Europa, Ferrari 612
Scaglietti, Dodge Viper, Corvette C6R, Camaro ZL1 prototype, '71 'Cuda,
Panoz Esperante, Mercedes SLS AMG, among many others!
Junkyard Rescue! Saving a 1950 GMC Truck - Roadkill Ep. 31
One of the most incredible junkyards in the history of junk is Turner's
Auto Wrecking in Fresno, California—and on this episode of Roadkill,
Freiburger and Finnegan hit those 100 acres of vintage sheetmetal and go
spelunking for gold! After considerable debate, the guys select a 1950 GMC
shortbed truck that had been off the road for 26 years and jam to get it
running and driving for the trip home to Los Angeles. At least there was a
50-percent victory. Watch as the guys revamp the Jimmy inline six, panic
over a wrecked master cylinder, sweat their cajones off for four days, and
explore one of the greatest old-car stashes ever!
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Panoz AIV Roadster Loud sound
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Chris Ashworth records a very rare Panoz AIV Roadster revving and driving
away. AIV stands for Aluminum Intensive Vechicle. This car has the engine
of a Mustang SVT Cobra.