In this review Jay Leno takes us on in depth review of 2015 Panoz Esperante Spyder GT Prototype.
Jay Leno: Welcome to another episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. This is a very rare automobile, in fact it’s the only there is. This is a prototype of the 2015 Panoz Esperante Spyder. Fascinating history of this car – everyday someone is building a super car, “Oh we’re gonna build this, we’re gonna build that.” They rarely come to fruition. They’ll pass government tests; there’s always some reason it don’t happen. But I seem to know an awful lot about these things that don’t happen. Then there are other people on the other side like Dan Panoz, who they’re building cars for years. Extremely successful entrepreneur, businessman, no talk just action.
This is the Panoz GTR-1. This was the start of an era. It was designed and built originally by agent Reynard, the great race car builder in England.
It was the first in 30 some years to race as a prototype with the engine in the front. Of course everybody had put engines in the rear in prototypes, because they felt that was the advance of new technology and would carry things forward. And with a front engine car in those days, you had a 60 or 70 pound drivetrain from the engine to the gearbox. Continue reading
For today’s review we’re looking at a Panoz AIV Roadster. Let’s ride back in time in one of my favorite cars.
Panoz Roadster is an American made sports car with great handling, V8 motor. It’s made here in America which is great. Roadster has a V8 motor, no comparison to any Chrysler comparison car.
The steering, the performance on it is 10 times better than any Chrysler performance car. It’s a real true American Roadster.
We’re looking at a 1998 Panoz Roadster. This is an amazing car. This is the first one of these I’ve ever checked out in person. I’ve seen pictures and I tell you they don’t do the car justice. I want you to hear this thing.
It sounds kind of like a Ferrari. I’m telling you this thing’s got plenty of power. It’s like a cobra but much more refined. It’s got just a beautiful stance; this one is kind of done in kind of a cobalt blue. Tell me that doesn’t remind you of a cobra.
This is a Panoz Esperante, what a beautiful name. It’s fun to say, Esperante. No car since I’ve moved to Georgia has quite intrigued me in curiosity as the Esperante. Panoz is a car company or more of a manufacturer located in Braselton, Georgia. And Braselton is basically right above Atlanta, it’s basically right where the country starts.
First impression, it’s a race car on the street. They have a ton of history at Road Atlanta. They do a bunch of testing there and they build their cars and they already them there for the authorities them everywhere else which is great. But they’re a very small, homey, grassroots super car company if you think about it. And the first thing that you notice about the Esperante is the interior. Now the cool thing about a Panoz car is that you make it your own. Continue reading