First of 24 GTLM Roadsters, Supercharged 420 HP, Tremec 6 Speed
Exceedingly Rare GTLM, Supercharged 420 HP, Tremec 6 Speed
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The all-aluminum Panoz Esperante was built and raced by a small company in NASCAR country, an hour north of Atlanta. The Esperante GTLM benefits from everything Panoz learned racing GTLM's at LeMans and other major races. The Esperante features an extruded aluminum chassis with bolt-on steel subframes and superplastic-formed aluminum body panels. Prices started at $93,756 for the roadster and for an additional $29,070, the GTLM swaps the standard Esperante's naturally aspirated 4.6-liter DOHC Ford V-8 for a supercharged version handbuilt by Ford SVT and bolted to a Tremec T56 six-speed manual. Rated at 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet, this combo bolsters the base model by 115 horses and 70 pound-feet. GTLMs also got aero bodywork designed to reduce lift on the winning race cars. 18" BBS wheels, Recaro sport seats and a host of billet-aluminum trim bits further distinguish the GTLM from the base Esperante.
This GTLM resided in Texas with 2 collector/owners since new and has been very well maintained. The car has never been raced and it comes with a Clean Carfax.
234 Panoz Esperantes were built from 2001 - 2006, but only 24 of these GTLM Roadsters were produced. This is a great car for a collector of rare automobiles, or someone who just wants to drive it. It's bound to be the only one at any show you take it to.
4.6 Liter Supercharged V8