This is the Panoz Abruzzi “Spirit of Le Mans” that was revealed at the Circuit de La Sarthe during the Le Mans week.
Just 81 examples of the Panoz Abruzzi Spirit of Le Mans will be made, one for every year that the day-long race has been running.
The limited edition automobile, which pays tribute to the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, will go into production over the next three years.
The hand-built car is a unique, front-engined, rear-transaxle and rear-radiator sports car that is only currently road legal in Europe and countries in Asia, the Middle East and South America.
Company boss Don Panoz says the car will be built from a dent-resistant, shatter-proof and recyclable material that is lighter than carbon fibre and has never before been used on a road going car.
‘These are advancements that will open up a new era of automotive design,’ Panoz said.
He also spoke of the reasons for unveiling the car at Le Mans, saying: ‘Being able to stand side-by-side with the heroes and legends of Le Mans gives me a sense of appreciation and passion for this grand event. I felt it was important to give our customers the same experience.’
Panoz did not reveal juicier details about the car itself. In terms of performance the press release only mentioned that the Abruzzi’s powertrain can deliver 600 plus horsepower and a massive 800Nm torque of torque.
With an estimated price-tag of $500,000, the Abruzzi “Spirit of Le Mans” is aimed at joining the ranks of other top-level super cars in the industry.