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When Panoz started to race in the GT category at the LeMans series, it had to build a particular vehicle: the GTLM version of the Esperante.

Building a race-car is complicated, but winning on the grand stage is a different story. For a small carmaker such as Panoz, who couldn't compare with the big racing teams like Porsche, Ferrari, or Aston Martin, it was even more challenging. But the little underdog managed to do that in 2006, winning at the 12 hours of Sebring and the 24 hours from Le Mans in the GT2 category.

The car was based on the same Esperante lineup, but it had some unique features distinguished from the rest of the stable. For starters, it featured a deeper front spoiler with an A-shaped grille at the bottom and two side scoops. On the sides, the carmaker installed vents on the fenders to extract the air from the wheel-wells. In street clothes, it didn't feature a big wing in the back.

Inside, the Esperante GTLM kept a similar interior as the lower-powered model but with some carbon-fiber trims on the center console. Panoz kept the instrument cluster on top of the center stack since Don Panoz considered that it was the best position for the driver, who could keep an eye on the road while still reading the data.

Under the hood, the GTLM version kept the same 4.6-liter V8 from the Mustang but aided by a supercharger that increased the power up to 420 ponies. It was good enough for the light vehicle to make it rocket from 0 to 60 (0-97 kph) in 4.7 seconds if launched perfectly.

PANOZ Esperante GTLM 2003 - 2007 3 Photos
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PANOZ Esperante GTLM 2003 - 2007
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  • 4.6L V8 5MT (320 HP)

PANOZ Esperante GTLM 4.6L V8 5MT (320 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.6L V8 5MT (320 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4601 cm3
Power
235.4 KW @ 6000 RPM
320 HP @ 6000 RPM
316 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
317 lb-ft @ 4750 RPM
430 Nm @ 4750 RPM
Fuel System
Sequential Electronic Fuel Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Brake Discs
Rear
Ventilated Brake Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P255/45 Z R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
176.2 in (4475 mm)
Width
73.1 in (1857 mm)
Height
53.4 in (1356 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.9/63.2 in (1,547/1,605 mm)
Wheelbase
106.8 in (2713 mm)
Ground Clearance
5 in (127 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2646 lbs (1200 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3197 lbs (1450 kg)
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