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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
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.
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.
Gran Prix Imports - Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Test Drive Video
Here it is folks, the brand new 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, the new
replacement to the Gallardo. Erik at Gran Prix Imports/Lamborghini Portland
takes us around town for a quick spin and shows off some of the key new
features of this amazing new Lambo. We have quite a few incoming vehicles
and if you want one, we can build it any way you want. Give us a call or
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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!
132762 / 1999 Shelby Series 1
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This 1999 Shelby Series 1 is one of the late production Shelby Series 1
automobiles, actually produced in 2005. With just 440 miles on the clock,
it is in virtually new condition in every measurable way and is the one to
own if an investment-grade Shelby is on your wish list. The custom-built
bodywork was designed to evoke the muscular 2-seater curves of the original
Cobra, but still have its own look. With so few miles, this car is
completely unmarked, and even areas like the nose and rockers show zero
evidence of road rash. Panel fit is exemplary, as you would expect from a
hand-crafted work of art, and the paint finish is deep and lustrous. In
short, this car speaks for itself, and the result attracts a crowd every
time you stop.
Power comes from a highly tuned Oldsmobile 4.0 liter V8 which was specially
chosen for this project due to its cutting-edge technology and high
power-to-weight ratio. Making 320 horsepower and 290 pounds of
torque in this application, the silky-smooth powerplant definitely isn't
from your father's Oldsmobile. The engine bay is race grade throughout,
from the fully exposed pushrod suspension to the silicone hoses, there's
very little evidence that this was a production-line vehicle. You'll also
dig things like the fabricated aluminum overflow tank, the lovely TIG welds
along the firewall, and the awesome Shelby snake eye logo embossed on the
underside of the hood's support structure. And it's all in perfect, unused
condition, with everything fully functional.
Like the Corvette, the engine spins a torque tube connected to a
slick-shifting 6-speed ZF transaxle specially modified for the Series 1.
The suspension is a highly sophisticated race-quality setup that uses
pushrods to mount the coil-over shocks inboard to reduce unsprung weight.
Out back, an independent suspension carries more race-quality parts,
including more coil-over shocks. The massive brakes have been borrowed from
the C5 Corvette, and custom 3-piece Shelby wheels are not only light, but
incredibly strong. Even Goodyear was getting in on the act, creating a
special run of custom 18-inch tires for the Series 1.
Deep leather buckets are supportive and custom made for this application,
featuring Carroll Shelby's signature embossed in the backs. The custom dash
uses a mixture of custom and off-the-shelf GM components that ensure
reliability without compromising style and performance. That means powerful
HVAC that will chill you in the middle of the desert, and a stereo that
delivers big sound thanks to speakers scattered throughout the passenger
compartment. Of course, there's the requisite Shelby badge on the dash, as
well as the serial number and another signature, and the floors are covered
with embroidered floor mats. There is no trunk, with the rear area being
filled with a fuel cell set within the wheelbase for ideal weight
distribution, but there is a snug black canvas convertible top that folds
easily into a well behind the seats, where it's hidden by a hard cover.
Building a custom, hand-built automobile that meets all of today's
emissions and safety standards is no easy task, and that's why the Series 1
is so special. Uncompromising in its quality and dedication to performance,
this car's only real rival might be a Ferrari. Exclusive, fast, and
beautifully built, this CSX5004 is investment-grade throughout, and an
absolute blast to drive.