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Panoz is an American automotive manufacturer of sport and racing cars featured in Forza Motorsport and in all subsequent Xbox 360 Motorsport titles.


Founded in 1989, Panoz Auto Development of Hoschton, Georgia is part of the Panoz Motor Sports Group. The group owns several professional racing series and tracks, and manufactures chassis for professional open-wheel racing. Since 2000, Panoz has produced coupe and roadster versions of the Esperante, an American interpretation of the European Grand Touring car, that are powered by a potent four-cam Ford SVT V8. The Esperante is hand-built in small numbers, and Panoz tailors each car to the customer's taste. This upscale sports car is built almost entirely of aluminum, and features hand-sewn custom leather interiors. It provides a balance of handling and acceleration, finesse and muscle. The Esperante is offered in several models, using variants of the Ford V8 rated from 305 to 420 horsepower. As part of a racing-focused enterprise, Panoz cars have also proven themselves on the racetrack. From 1999 to 2002, Panoz built an all-out race car - the LMP01 Le Mans prototype - and raced it with considerable success in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). In 2003, Panoz introduced the GTLM version of the Esperante, which added a number of racing-inspired enhancements, including the 420 horsepower V8, more aggressive suspension geometry, reduced weight, increased structural stiffness and downforce, and higher-performance brakes and tires. All-out racing versions of the GTLM compete in the ALMS GT2 class.
— Official description [1]


Image Year Name Drive Engine Power Torque Weight Front/Rear
FM4 Panoz 050 Abruzzi 2011 Panoz #050 Panoz Racing Abruzzi RWD 6.2 V8
500 hp
(373 kW)
550 ft⋅lb
(746 Nm)
2745 lb
(1245 kg)
46 % / 54 %
FM1 Panoz Esperante GTL 2001 Panoz Esperante GTL RWD 4.6 SC V8
425 hp
(317 kW)
390 ft⋅lb
(529 Nm)
3197 lb
(1450 kg)
55 % / 45 %
FM4 Panoz Esperante 05 2005 Panoz Esperante GTLM RWD 4.6 SC V8
420 hp
(313 kW)
320 ft⋅lb
(434 Nm)
3384 lb
(1535 kg)
53 % / 47 %
Image not available 2005 Panoz #51 JML Team Panoz Esperante GTLM RWD
Image not available 2003 Panoz #11 JML Team Panoz LMP-01 RWD
Image not available 2003 Panoz #10 JML LMP-01 EPP RWD
Image not available 2002 Panoz #81 Team LNT Panoz Esperante GTLM RWD
Image not available 2002 Panoz #50 Panoz Motor Sports LMP-01 RWD


  1. "Forza Motorsport 4 - Cars".
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