While I was walking down the infield's main road at Road Atlanta during the 2010 Petit Le Mans endurance race, a beautiful blue Esperante passed by me. I quickly started filming, only then realizing that the driver was Don Panoz, founder of not only Panoz Auto Development, but also the entire American Le Mans Series. Thanks, indeed, Don, for the amazing cars and racing that you have helped bring to us!
Panoz Abruzzi Spirit of Le Mans
I film the all-new, limited edition Panoz Abruzzi Spirit Of Le Mans at it's
North American debut during the 2010 Petit Le Mans endurance race at Road
Atlanta. Besides possibly being the most evil-looking production car ever,
it is also a technological marvel. I am pleased to present the first full
video of this car on youtube.
The Abruzzi Spirit of Le Mans consists of only 81 examples, which in 2013
represents the number of 24 Hours of Le Mans races since the event's
inception in 1923. All of the Spirit of Le Mans editions will be sold in
Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The Corvette ZR1's V8 engine is used to
produce over 600 hp in the Abruzzi, which, like every other Panoz, is
handbuilt in Hoschton, Georgia. In addition to the mammoth power and torque
from the LS9, the car is super light and super strong, being the first road
car built with the new REAMS material, which is stronger and lighter than
carbon fiber. I could go on about all of the incredible details
incorporated into this car, but I'll let the car speak for itself. :)
The song is Genesis by Justice.
Panoz Esperante Roadster
I film this wonderful green Esperante Roadster at Italian Car Day 2011.
This American roadster ended the succession of Italian cars in that parking
spot: before "Jenny" showed up , an Alfa Romeo, then a Granturismo S, then
another Gran Turismo S inhabited the spot...
Hope you like it!
Pontiac G8s + Miata in action!! LOUD sounds!!
On the way to Caffeine and Octane yesterday morning, I rode with a few
friends of mine in a nice convoy! All three of these cars have been seen on
my channel before, but this time was definitely one to remember! In this
video you can hear some VERY loud accelerations from the two G8s, with a
couple shots of the Miata included for good measure...
Huge thanks to the owners for making this happen! It was an awesome
experience that I won't ever forget! :)
My previous videos of each car can be found here:
And, of course, the Miata:
Thanks for watching, and of course stay tuned for more videos from that
day! :) My writeup of this awesome day can be found on my blog!
Ford GT40 - 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans
Wonderful period video from brake pad manufacturer Ferodo on the 1968 Le
Mans race from the standpoint of John Wyer's Gulf Oil Ford GT40 team, who
won the race. The first 4 minutes shows a high speed in-car lap around Le
Mans narrated by Stirling Moss. Wonderful video with footage of Alfa Romeo
33s, Porsche 908s, Matras, etc....
Ford Takes On Ferrari and Wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Henry Ford II wanted to beat Ferrari in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le
Mans, so he made it a priority to show the world what his American company
could achieve on a global stage. Ford not only won the 24 Hours of Le Man
in 1966, but '67, '68 and '69 as well. This video looks back at that era
with Edsel B. Ford II, Dan Gurney and Mose Nowland.
Classic Historic GTI Touring Car Championship Racing Ascari Race Resort 2011 2012 crashes VW Golf
Peter Bowerman (aka Spear) 7th & 8th race in the FAA Classic & GTI Touring
Car Championship (round 4) 12th & 13th November 2011 2012 at the famous and
exclusive Ascari Race Resort Spain circuit.
The weekend stated well with Peter Bowerman aka SPEAR winning the 7th race
in class, after a close fought battle with Javier J Martinez with Antonio J
Romero spinning out in front of them on the last couple of laps in his
awesome Shelby Cobra.
Spear came 3rd in class in race 8 of the year after taking a heavy hit in
the back and side from the Jose C Lirola's No 5 (green) GTI again!!!! this
time Jose did not lift off, instead kept shunting Peter Bowerman No.7
around in a fast corner until Peter spun and Kissed the Ascari wall.
Peter quickly recovered but did not manage to catch up to the leaders with
the damaged car, but managed to retain 3rd place with a few very close
battles and misses with Eduardo Perez in his Citroen. After final races of
the year at Jerez lots of body work will need replacing on Spears Lucky
No.7 Black Golf GTI ready for the 2012 season.
Touring cars, Classic Touring Cars, Historic Touring Cars joined the
Classic & GTI Touring cars on track at the same time and this weekend were
also Joined by the Iberian Gentleman Racers and the International EuroBoss
The EuroBOSS Series is a motor racing series in Europe. The first season
was in 2001. The current EuroBOSS Series is open to Formula One cars
constructed before 2004 (up to December 31, 2003), Indy Racing League or
Champ Car chassis and Formula 3000 cars with engines of unlimited capacity.
The usually open paddock and relaxed atmosphere of the races provides fans
with the opportunity to get close to some of the world's most famous cars.
Entrants are split into two classes the Formula class and Masters class.
Common EuroBOSS entries include Formula One machines from Benetton, Jordan,
Tyrrell, Minardi and on occasions a V12 Ferrari has appeared. Other
frequent entrants are Lola and Reynard CART chassis, the 1997-2002 Panoz
(fka G-Force) and Dallara INDYCAR chassis, and starting in 2012, the
2003-2011 Dallara and Panoz INDYCAR chassis after the new INDYCAR formula
begins. The Panoz Champ Car DP01 chassis from 2007 is also now legal.
FIA GT FAA VW Mk2 Golf GTI Racing & Classic Touring Car Championship 2011,
Top Fifth Gear Action With 2009 Time Attack Winner Spain 2009, Video and on
board camera of Spear, in the black Golf GTI and Stephen in the orange Golf
GTI in the 2nd round of the 2011 FAA Volkswagen Golf GTI Championship Cup &
Classic Touring Car Championship, which is sponsored by Parrot Bluetooth &
Colombes professional Racing F1.
Peter makes up a team of 2 British GT racers who have formed the team
MarbellaPlayers.com racing team which will compete in this years Golf GTI
and Touring Car Championship sponsored by DistressedSalesSpain.com &
OverseasDreams.com, two of the Costa Del Sol's busiest Real Estate Agents.
There were loads of great fifth/top gear action and side by side racing,
all throughout the grid.
Golf GTI racing is a very popular form of motorsport across Europe and
found its way to Andalucia last year. This class is comparatively cheap to
enter in to, and because of this is generating a lot of interest. The
classic Mk2 Golf GTI's will race with the Classic Touring Cars between each
round of the main FAA Touring Car Championships.
The GTI championships will have their own trophies and winners prize money
of 3000 euros. The cars have to be a Mk 2 Golf GTI 1.8cc with 8 valves, the
cars have to remain fairly standard apart from the regulation race kit
which includes: racing suspension, anti roll bars, engine mounts, racing
brakes, straight through Exhaust, roll
cage, 6 point harness, fire extinguisher, F1 cut off switches etc. that
have to be fitted.
There will be 10 races to be held throughout the year in Andalucia that
will take in circuits such as Jerez, Ascari, Guadix, and Tabernas circuit
Trintignant-Schlesser- Le Mans One Lap in Ford GT-1965
Onc'Zinzin offers you one lap on board at Le Mans in 1965 with Maurice
Trintignant in Ford GT and then with Jo Schlesser in Shelby Cobra Daytona.
End of the video inside the Ferrari 250 LM N°21 driven by Masten Gregory
Winner of the race
Pictures are taken from 1960-1970 period during Onc'Zinzin was playing
Scalextric and Dinky Toys while the Phono was playing this incredible
When Vinyl Records meets the nice mechanics...It's Amazing ...! Enjoy the
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
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
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
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.
Porsche 906E Le Mans Classic 2012
Porsche 906E n°906-157 First of the four 906 fitted with injection engine,
first race: the 24h of Daytona 1967 driver: Jochen Rindt and Gerard Mitter
Finished 17th in performance index plateau 5 Le Mans Classic 2012
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!
512 Road Race Mustang @ Laguna Seca - Corkscrew Invitational 2010
My 1967 Mustang Fastback
dedicated Road Race car @ Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca for the Corkscrew
Invitational Race - September 18/19 2010.
The car has gone through many changes since the last posted videos. The
front suspension has been completely redesigned to allow wider front tires
and improved suspension geometry. The engine is essentially the same,
though now uses a belt drive for the camshaft rather than a timing chain.
This event was great fun. It had been ~12 years since this car was driven
at Laguna Seca due to the strict sound restrictions at the track. This
event was held on one of the allowed open sound weekends and was a great
success. Thanks to Hooked On Driving, the Nor-Cal Shelby Club, and the
other clubs that made this event happen.
This particular footage is from the session before the race on Sunday.
Unfortunately the camera stopped after a lap or two of the race, so I don't
have complete footage. We did finish in first place, with a very fast
Panoz in a close second. It was a great race, I passed the Panoz cleanly
in turn 9, and worked hard to stay in front for the last three or so laps.
This is the same video file as my last upload, this time using a much
GT40 Le Mans Classic Lap
On track driving a GT40 replica during the 2010 Le Mans Classic (having a
tyre blow out on the 1st lap)
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.