company_name = Panoz Auto Development
Hoschton, Georgia, USA
Danny Panoz, Don Panoz
industry = Automotive
products = Limited-production
current slogan =
homepage = http://www.panozauto.com
Panoz Auto Development is an American manufacturer of high-performance automobiles founded in 1989 by
Dan Panoz, son of pharmaceutical and motorsport mogul Don Panoz. The company is located in Hoschton, GA. Panoz products have included the Panoz Roadsterand AIV Roadster, and the Panoz Esperante. All Panoz road cars are tested exhaustively at Panoz-owned Road Atlantain Braselton, Georgiaand handcrafted at the Hoschton workshop.
Panoz and racing
Since 1997, Panoz cars have competed in racing series around the world. Panoz strives to maintain a close link between its road cars and its racing activities. To this end, Panoz has shifted its American Le Mans and European racing programs toward production-based classes that allow Esperante variants to be raced in modified form. In addition to Le Mans series wins, an Esperante GTLM won the GT2 class at the
2006 24 Hours of Le Mans. For the 2007 American LeMans season, Panoz has contracted longtime BMW Motorsportpartner Prototype Technology Groupto campaign the GTLM in the ALMS and Le Mans. Panoz also provided the Champ Car World Serieswith their race car, the Panoz DP01.
Panoz Motor Sports Group
The Panoz Motor Sports Group is an entity made up of the
motorsports-related holdings of Don Panoz. Headquartered in Hoschton, Georgia, the group includes several racing series and race tracks, as well as racing car constructors. The group also owns a racing school operating at multiple locations.
American Le Mans Series
The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) was created by Don Panoz in 1999. It held its inaugural event, the
1998 Petit Le Mansas part of the Professional Sportscar Racingseries. The ALMS has a partnership with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, the organizers of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, to allow teams to compete to the same regulations. The series now holds 12 round across North America.
Panoz also owns the
International Motor Sports Association, the organization that sanctions the ALMS.
The Panoz group owns and operated three road racing circuits in North America: Mosport International Raceway in
Bowmanville, Ontario, Road Atlantain Braselton, Georgia, and Sebring International Racewayin Sebring, Florida. The tracks host the American Le Mans series, in addition to other top-level auto and motorcycle racing series.
Élan Motorsport Technologies
Élan Motorsport Technologies is an umbrella company containing the racing car manufacturing companies owned by Panoz. Panoz began by making their own car, the Esperante GTR-1, and have since acquired other manufacturers, including famous
Formula Fordbuilders Van Diemenand Indy Racing Leagueconstructor G-Force. Élan-built cars now race in the Indy Racing League, Champ Car World Series, American Le Mans Series, Le Mans Series, and other championships throughout the world.
Panoz Racing School & Series
The Panoz Racing School is a driver training school operated at
Road Atlantaand Sebring International Raceway. Students learn racing techniques in purpose-built Panoz GT-RA cars. Following completion of the course, students are eligible for an SCCA regional racing license. The school also includes programs where customers can receive instruction in their own road cars.
The Panoz Racing Series is a one-make series made up of the Panoz school cars, as well as the more powerful Panoz GTS model. The series is designed for amateurs to learn racing in a low-cost environment.
Panoz also owns and operates "Château Élan Resort & Winery" in
Braselton, Georgia, the "Diablo Grande Winery & Resort" in Patterson, California, and the "St. Andrews Bay" hotel in St Andrews, Scotland.
* [http://www.panozauto.com/ Panoz Auto Development]
* [http://www.panozracingschool.com/ Panoz Racing School]
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20070501172433/www.john-ross.net/panoz.htm In-depth article about one man's experience at the Panoz Racing School, driving the Panoz GT-RA]
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