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A nice long look at a rare Panoz Esperante driving down Wilshire Blvd.


 


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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.





2005 Panoz Esperante GTLM Test Drive at Gran Prix Imports
Matt takes us out in this phenomenal 2005 Panoz Esperante GTLM Convertible that's been modified and Dynoed at 650hp. Be sure to check out our other videos and information at www.gpimports.com.





RARE Panoz Esperante RS Jan Magnussen edition w/ magnaflow exhaust
sick to see on the streets, I know its american and all, but im still not sure how I feel. Some pretty goofy lines.





Goodwood Festival of Speed 13/07/08 Panoz Esperante GT-LM
Awesome noise!





Very rare Panoz Esperante GT1 & others
The only road-legal prototype in the world. Only two were ever made. The Esperante GT1 is the road legal version of the GTR-1, and was made to meet homologation requirements. Behind the GT1 you can see a GTR-1. Thanks for watching.





Panoz Spin - Turn 10 at Sebring - NASA TT
Panoz spins in front of me in my Miata going into turn 10 at Sebring.





Panoz Esperante GTLM: GT2 Race Car
I record a very, VERY Rare and Amazing Panoz GT2 RaceCar. Weird thing is, I wasnt at a Track... I was at the mall!!!





1999 Panoz Start up and Running For Sale Now





Don Panoz in an Esperante
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 Esperante Exhaust
Stock Exhaust from the Ford/Panoz Tuned 4.6DOHC with Panoz designed Exhaust system. Check out more info at www.panozlife.com





Jason Plato Caparo T1 crash test fire
former BTCC champion Jason Plato testing new Caparo T1 track car at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, England for British TV (Channel 5) the Mclaren F1 team designed supercar suffers a oil fire whilst going over 150mph, Jason Plato suffered burns to his neck and hands but still went on to compete in the BTCC 2007 finale at Thruxton, narrowly missing out on the championship.





RARE Panoz Esperante RS Rare Car
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ALMS Laguna Seca 07 - Esperantes leaving paddock
Two Panoz Esperante GT-LMs pulling out of the garage.





Panoz Esperante Idling
Short video of the new ride idling. Sounds nice.





1947 Packard Super Club
http://www.specialtysales.com Located in our Benicia Showroom 707.748.4000 Very rare classic 1947 Packard Super Club Clipper. Finished in Maroon over Maroon cloth Interior. Powered by its original 356ci 8 cylinder engine with a 3 Speed Manual Transmission with overdrive. This is one of the best all original Packards in existence. Loaded with every option available in that year. (more)




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