No, this is not a film prop or a concept car. It’s the Panoz Abruzzi “Spirit of Le Mans” that has been unveiled at the Circuit de La Sarthe where Le Mans will be on this weekend. Panoz will hand build 81 units of the Abruzzi in a span of three years. Why 81? That’s the number of Le Mans 24 Hour races between its inception in 1923 and the race to be held in 2013.
The outrageous Batmobile sheetmetal is produced using Recyclable Energy Absorbing Matrix System, a multi-layer composite system that’s lighter than carbon fibre yet equally strong. Unlike CF however, it is dent-resistant, shatter-proof and recyclable. Another element Panoz is proud of is the Trifectacooling technology. In addition to a normal radiator, there are systems that lower coolant temperature on both the inflow and outflow from the radiator.
The powertrain’s origins are not mentioned, but the engine is set to have “600 plus horsepower” along with 800 Nm of torque. Road legal in Europe and Asia, the Abruzzi’s layout is unique: front-engine, rear-transaxle and rear-radiator. Panoz promises “astounding downforce and road-holding” for its latest creation.
Customers are sure to feel the “Spirit of Le Mans” from the Abruzzi’s “never-before-seen acquisition program that sets a new standard for personalisation and delivery.” Each unit will be linked to a specific Le Mans race, with the chassis number also containing that specific race date and initials of the winning drivers.
Every unit will be shipped from the US to La Sarthe for delivery, where customers will drive the car at the Bugatti circuit with pro instructors. They will also attend Le Mans as guests and have the chance to drive a parade lap of the full 13.3 km circuit. The cost of car plus experience is unknown.
More pictures after the jump.
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