Panoz Unleashes New Abruzzi "Spirit of Le Mans" Supercar

Following on from a series of cropped teaser images, Panoz lifted the covers off its new Abruzzi "Spirit of Le Mans" sports coupe today at the home of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, the Circuit de La Sarthe in France.

The hand-built Abruzzi "Spirit of Le Mans" comes with a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout and is powered by an unspecified powerplant that is said to deliver more than 600HP and 590 ft.-lbs. of torque.

The swoopy and unique-looking, but far from beautiful, sports car features a composite body that is claimed to be dent-resistant, shatter-proof, recyclable and both stronger and lighter than carbon fiber.

"This is culmination of equal parts time, effort and dreams," said Panoz, founder of the Panoz Motor Sports Group. "The Panoz brand always has prided itself on hand-building and delivering an exotic automobile and experience to our customers. Our new offering takes this to a completely new level."

The Georgia-based company said that the super sports car will be offered in a strictly limited edition of just 81 examples, which corresponds to the number of Le Mans 24 Hour contests between the inception of the race in 1923 and the race to be held in 2013.

The Abruzzi "Spirit of Le Mans" will be road-legal in Europe and many countries of Asia, the Middle East and South America, but not in North America. Prices and more detailed specs are to be released at a later date.