Panoz Esperante Jan Magnussen Edition (2003)

Panoz Esperante Jan Magnussen Edition

There are several models of the Esperante: the base model, the GT, the GTLM, the GTS, and the JRD (an aftermarket upgrade brand similar to Roush Mustangs). Additionally, Panoz is more than willing to work with the buyer to make special modifications to any of the stock models. Each model has slightly different stats. The Specs below are for the base model. The GTLM, for example, uses a supercharger to boost power from 305 hp to 420 hp, raising performance from 0-62 in 5 seconds to an amazing 4 seconds. The GTS on the other hand is built as a driver's class spec car, to SCCA standards, with harness, roll cage, side bars, etc. Additionally, it is ~600 lb lighter than the base Esperante, has a steel 5.8 liter V8 racing engine that produces 385 bhp, and is made of easily replacable panels to facilitate small impact race repair. It does 0-60 in 4.2 seconds, and can achieve 0.98 g of lateral grip.


An Esperante managed to win the GT2 class at the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is usually dominated by Porsche 911 GT3. The best of the 911s led until the final hour but ran into trouble, finishing one lap behind the Panoz, with a Ferrari F430 ten laps down. Other competitors in that class were two Spyker C8s which showed promising performance, but did not finish, like the second Panoz which managed only 34 laps. Anyway, this success is a remarkable one for the road-going version of Panoz.

Body and chassis

  • Layout: Front/mid-engine, rear wheel drive, luxury sport convertible
  • Body: Hand assembled lightweight SPF aluminum.
  • Chassis: Modular extruded aluminium, bolted and bonded to steel subframes
Panoz Esperante Spyder (2015)

Panoz Esperante Spyder

No more than 25 Esperante Spyder and Spyder GT sports cars will be produced to commemorate the company's motorsports heritage and Panoz sports cars of the past 25 years. Production will be intentionally limited to ensure they remain special and exclusive and keep with Panoz LLC's goal of creating most exclusive American-made custom, hand-built sports cars.

The 2015 Esperante Spyder has the proven and lightweight SPF (Superplastic Forming, commonly referred to as 'super formed') aluminum body revolutionized on previous Esperante models and a process that has been used by some of the world's most elite vehicle manufacturers. Panoz was the first U.S. auto manufacturer to use super formed aluminum panels for its bodies when it created the 1992 Panoz Roadster. In 1996 it added an aluminum chassis and an all-aluminum modular V8 engine to create the Panoz AIV Roadster, which became America's first Aluminum Intensive Vehicle (AIV).

The use of aluminum, carbon fiber and other composite materials, as well as other powertrain, suspension, interior weight-savings measures, paid off. The Esperante Spyder weighs just 3,128 pounds. It takes just 3.7 seconds (estimated) to reach 60 mph on its way to a top test track speed of 172 mph. It can cover the quarter mile in 12.5 seconds/112 mph.

While visually an evolution of the classic Esperante shape, the Esperante Spyder is essentially new, from engine and transmission packages and suspension and brake systems to the luxurious interior and functional carbon fiber cockpit structure.

Panoz Esperante Spyder GT (2015)

Panoz Esperante Spyder GT (2015)