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 Roadster and AIV Roadster, and the Panoz Esperante. All Panoz road cars are tested exhaustively at Panoz-owned Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia and 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 Motorsport partner Prototype Technology Group to campaign the GTLM in the ALMS and Le Mans. Panoz also provided the Champ Car World Series with 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 Mans
as part of the Professional Sportscar Racing
series. 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 Atlanta
in Braselton, Georgia
, and Sebring International Raceway
in 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 Ford
builders Van Diemen
and Indy Racing League
constructor 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 Atlanta
and 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