2003 Panoz GTLM

Hoschton, GA – April 16, 2003 – Panoz Auto Development announces the latest variation of the world renowned Panoz Esperante. This new model, the Esperante GT-LM, takes the remarkably composed and refined touring version of the Esperante platform and gives it a decidedly more sporting tone.

A new rear sub-frame, developed with technical partner Multimatic Inc. reduces mass while increasing stiffness and features a motor-sport oriented suspension geometry. 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.

All of this careful attention to detail has yielded a finished weight of just 3,384 lbs, that makes much more of its 420 horsepower, 4-cam, 32 valve supercharged V-8. The result is a world class 8.06 power to weight ratio.

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.

Story by Panoz

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
price $  $121,325 USD
engine Ford SVT V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Supercharged
valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves per Cyl
displacement 4601 cc / 280.8 in³
bore 90.2 mm / 3.55 in
stroke 90.0 mm / 3.54 in
compression 8.5:1
power 313.2 kw / 420 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output 92.37 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 293.1 bhp per tonne
torque 528.77 nm / 390 ft lbs @ 3500 rpm
redline 6500
wheel type BBS RK
front tires 55/45ZR18 99Y M+S Michelin Pilot Sport A/S
rear tires 55/45ZR18 99Y M+S Michelin Pilot Sport A/S
front brakes Brembro Vented Discs w/PBR Calipers
f brake size x 330 mm / x 13.0 in
rear brakes Brembro Vented Discs w/PBR Calipers
r brake size x 297 mm / x 11.7 in
front wheels F 45.7 x 21.6 cm / 18 x 8.5 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 21.6 cm / 18 x 8.5 in
f suspension Control Arms w/Coil Springs, Adj Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Control Arms w/Coil Springs, Adj Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 1450 kg / 3197 lbs
wheelbase 2692 mm / 106 in
front track 1552 mm / 61.1 in
rear track 1542 mm / 60.7 in
length 4722 mm / 185.9 in
width 1872 mm / 73.7 in
height 1351 mm / 53.2 in
transmission Tremec T56 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios :1
top speed ~249.4 kph / 155 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.8 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~10.7 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~13.1 seconds