Don Panoz revealed today its latest masterpiece dubbed Abruzzi Spirit Of Le Mans, a new chapter in automotive production and delivery, tied into the world's most demanding auto race.
According to the manufacturer, the Panoz Abruzzi Spirit Of Le mans will be manufactured in a limited edition of just 81 units, corresponding to the number of Le Mans 24 Hour contests between the inception of the race in 1923 and the race to be held in 2013.
The hand-built Abruzzi "Spirit of Le Mans" is a unique, front-engine, rear-transaxle and rear-radiator super sports car. Each unit will deliver an impressive 600+ hp and 590 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Also, according to Panoz, the car breaks new ground in environmental design and construction starting with the unprecedented implementation of the R.E.A.M.S. - Recyclable Energy Absorbing Matrix System.
The multi-layer composite system is lighter than carbon fiber yet equally strong. And unlike carbon fiber, the multi-layer composite system is dent-resistant, shatter-proof and recyclable.
The new car introduces TRIFECTACOOLING technology: this means that in addition to a normal high-efficiency radiator, there are stage two and stage three systems that lower coolant temperature on both the inflow to and the outflow from the radiator.
Back then, drivers set aside time to take their new cars to the track at Le Mans to give them a spin. After just a couple of races, they then go back home satisfied with the performance of their new babies. Panoz’s Abruzzi, nicknamed “Spirit of Le Mans,” pays tribute to those days.
As part of the tribute to the Le Mans racetrack and the drivers who test their vehicles there, Abruzzi made the decision of having the owners gather at the Circuit de la Sarthe to receive delivery of their Abruzzi “Spirit of Le Mans” orders.
Each of the cars that rolled out of the Panoz factory is an individual tribute to each 24 Hour race carried out at Le Mans. A close inspection of the chassis will reveal that each car also carries information on a specific annual winner of each Le Mans 24 Hour race.
Together with the delivery of their new Abruzzis, owners had the benefit of being coached by experienced professional drivers on driving their new racers at an actual circuit. This circuit is the Le Mans Bugatti Circuit. On the other hand, the Circuit 24 Hours of Le Mans contained the ACO facilities dedicated specifically for servicing the Abruzzi “Spirit of Le Mans” owners.
In addition to exceptional service and the opportunity for professional racing instruction, the owners of the new “Spirit of Le Mans” vehicles had the opportunity to make a guest appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year.
They became official guests of Panoz at the Model Sportif facilities, and also had the chance to drive one lap around the 8.3-mile circuit. They were also given the chance to attend the “Spirit of Le Mans” reception in Arnage.
The venue of the reception was the Golf Des 24 Heuers. Alongside the new “Spirit of Le Mans” owners were Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell. Panoz considered the opportunity to rub elbows with ACO and Le Mans officials, as well as the names that made the circuit popular, to be very special. Panoz then expressed utmost gratitude to the ACO and the partners that made the “Spirit of Le Mans” event possible in Arnage.