The striking road-legal 1997 Esperante GTR-1 was restored by Panoz, for the one-of-a-kind model to be showcased at Dubai Motor Show.
Panoz gave a new life to its original street-legal 1997 Esperante GTR-1 Le Mans Homologation Special version that was created so that the one-of-a-kind race car could compete in the 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans and other endurance racing events. It was a six-month job for the company to properly take care of all details and the only remaining Esperante GTR-1 Le Mans Homologation Special could be seen at the Dubai International Motor Show.
At its first appearance on the race track, the Panoz Esperante GTR-1 was the first front-engine prototype race car in more than 30 years of motorsports. While based on the very successful race car and constructed very similarly to its racing siblings, this Le Mans Homologation Special version sports a full leather interior, it is street legal and has technical specification accordingly: a front mounted, fuel-injected 6.0-litre V8 engine with more than 600 horsepower and 500 lb ft of torque mated to a ZF six-speed transaxle; weighing only 1,980 lbs (898 kg; with Brembo front and rear discs, and siting on tarmac with 285/40-R18 tires on 18 x 10.5-inch OZ Racing center-lock wheels.
You cannot buy this special one, but if you really insist Panoz could build for you a near-exact carbon fiber replica with original body and tub molds or a modified version using alternate composites and lightweight technologies. Pricing starts at 890,000 dollars