Panoz

Panoz

Panoz, LLC USA

 

Established
1989
Founder
Dan Panoz

Headquarters
Braselton, Georgia, U.S.
Website

 

Panoz, LLC is an American manufacturer of high performance sports automobiles. The company has also been widely involved in professional racing, and designs, engineers and manufactures its own race cars, i.e. chassis and components. It was founded in 1989 as Panoz Auto Development by Dan Panoz, son of pharmaceutical and motorsport mogul Don Panoz. The company’s headquarter is located in Braselton, Georgia. The key people of the company are Don Panoz, Dan Panoz. Panoz products have included the Panoz Roadster and AIV Roadster, and the Panoz Esperante. All Panoz road cars are tested at Panoz-owned Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia and manufactured at the Braselton workshop. In September 2016, Electric vehicle company Green4U, was founded. It currently owns Panoz LLC, Team Panoz Racing and DeltaWing.

 

History

The company was founded in 1989 by Daniel Panoz, who had applied in 1988 for a job at the Thompson Motor Company (TMC), an Irish car builder. When the company was liquidated, Dan seized the opportunity and bought the rights to one of the chassis TMC was using, designed by world renowned designer Frank Costin, the man who also manufactured chassis for Maserati, Lotus and Lister. Just over two years after the birth of Panoz Auto Development, the first Panoz model released: the 1992 Panoz Roadster. It was built in the company's small factory north of Atlanta, Georgia. By 1995 the Panoz AIV Roadster, the first American Aluminum Intensive production vehicle, went into full production.

The next model Panoz model was the Esperante GTR-1, a street-legal version of the race car developed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. Featuring a front/mid-mounted American V8, it quickly became a “fan favorite” at races worldwide. To better develop its products, Panoz intensified its involvement in racing. Panoz created the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in 1998, founded a racing school, and took part in other racing championships, such as the U.S. Road Racing Championship that it won in 1998.

In 2000 Panoz manufactured the Esperante GTS, a car that competed in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) events, as well as several spec racer and GT car feeder series. Panoz, based in Hoschton, Ga. and part of the DeltaWing Technology Group, is a designer and manufacturer of exclusive, American-made luxury sports cars. It was the first U.S. auto manufacturer to use super formed aluminum panels for its bodies and created America’s first Aluminum Intensive Vehicle (AIV), the Panoz AIV Roadster.

 

Panoz and racing

Panoz cars have competed in racing series around the world since 1997. Panoz has shifted its American Le Mans and European racing programs toward production-based classes that allow Esperante variants to be raced in modified form. In addition to Le Mans series wins, an Esperante GTLM won the GT2 class at the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans. For the 2007 American LeMans season, Panoz has contracted longtime BMW Motorsport partner Prototype Technology Group to campaign the GTLM in the ALMS and Le Mans. Panoz has also provided IndyCar with the G-Force GF05 and GF09; and the Champ Car World Series with their final race car, the Panoz DP01.

 

Road cars

  • Panoz (AIV) Roadster
  • Panoz Esperante
  • Panoz Esperante GT
  • Panoz Esperante JRD (tuned By JRD)
  • Panoz Abruzzi
  • Panoz Avezzano (in development)

 

Race cars

  • Panoz Esperante GTR-1
  • Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S
  • Panoz LMP01 Evo
  • Panoz Esperante GTS
  • Panoz Esperante GTLM (race version)
  • Panoz Avezzano GT4

 

Panoz Motor Sports Group

In 2012 the Panoz Motor Sports Group was sold to NASCAR. It was made up of the motorsports-related holdings of Don Panoz. Headquartered in Braselton, Georgia, the group includes several racing series, a racetrack and a leasing agreement at another racetrack. The group also owns a racing school operating at multiple locations.

 

American Le Mans Series

In 1999 the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) was made by Don Panoz. It held its inaugural event, the 1998 Petit Le Mans as part of the Professional Sportscar Racing series. The ALMS has a partnership with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, the organizers of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, to allow teams to compete to the same regulations. The series now holds 12 rounds across North America. In 2014, the series merged with the Rolex Sports Car Series to form United SportsCar Racing.

 

Circuits

The Panoz group owns Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. It holds a long-term lease to operate Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida. It formerly owned Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. But it was sold in 2011. The tracks host the American Le Mans Series, in addition to other top-level auto and motorcycle racing series.

 

Élan Motorsport Technologies

Élan Motorsport Technologies is an umbrella company containing the racing car manufacturing companies owned by Panoz. Panoz started by making their own car, the Esperante GTR-1, and have since acquired other manufacturers, including famous Formula Ford builders Van Diemen and Indy Racing League constructor G-Force Technologies. Élan-manufactured cars now race in the Indy Racing League, Champ Car World Series, American Le Mans Series, Le Mans Series, and other championships.

 

 

Panoz Racing School & Series

The Panoz Racing School is a driver training school operated at Road Atlanta and Sebring International Raceway. Students learn racing techniques in purpose-built Panoz GT-RA cars. Following completion of the course, students are eligible for an SCCA regional racing license. The school also includes programs where customers can receive instruction in their own road cars. The Panoz Racing Series is a one-make series made up of the Panoz school cars, as well as the more powerful Panoz GTS model. The series is designed for amateurs to learn racing in a low-cost environment.

 

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