2003 Panoz GTLM review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 5 February 2007 , 13:02:05 byAlina

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Panoz GTLM

The Panoz Esperante was renewed and this is how Panoz GTLM was born. The new model has a sport look and motor-sport which developed 420 horsepower with 4-cam, 32-valve supercharged V8. It features a new rear sub-frame, developed with technical partner Multimatic Inc., reduces mass and increasing stiffness. The aerodynamics had been improved with a long nose, long tail bumper fascias as well as more aggressive rocker panels. These components are complimented by the fixed carbon fiber hardtop and the subtle rear spoiler, all of which combines to significantly increase the aerodynamic down-force of the GT-LM. The end result is a lighter, faster, stronger Esperante.

Panoz GTLM is the latest variation of the world renowned Panoz Esperante. The new model has a sport look and a motor-sport which develop 420 horsepower, 4-cam, 32 valve supercharged V-8 and the result is a world class 8.06 power to weight ratio.

The car has just 3,384 lbs and is features with a new rear sub-frame, developed with technical partner Multimatic Inc., reduces mass and increasing stiffness. The new rear control arms are fabricated, lightweight, tubular steel components bolted to aluminum uprights. The reduced un-sprung mass works in concert with the double isolated coil-over spring/shock assembly to increase performance while simultaneously improving NVH characteristics.

The Esperante GT-LM's aerodynamics have been improved with new long nose, long tail bumper fascias as well as more aggressive rocker panels. These components are complimented by the fixed carbon fiber hardtop and the subtle 'duck tail' rear spoiler, all of which combines to significantly increase the GT-LM's aerodynamic downforce. Detail refinements include revised front and rear lighting along with custom front and rear grill work. The interior features new sport seats with more aggressive bolstering and a host of billet aluminum trim enhancements. The end result is a lighter, faster, stronger Esperante.

Look for Panoz to build on its impressive motorsports heritage (the Esperante won the 2002 BF Goodrich Trans-Am Manufacturers Championship) as it takes on the GT class contenders in the American LeMans series and the 24 hours of LeMans with a race prepared variant of this car.