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Panoz Esperante GT1
A Front Engine Engineering Enigma
Panoz Photo Courtesy of: Rick
Steiger Motorsports Photography
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Subsequently known as the BATMOBILES, Panoz racing cars are an engineering enigma. Although no other top-level endurance racing car used a front-engine layout, Panoz embraced the design. Visually, the car was striking. The long nose and low stance gave the Panoz vicious, aggressive impact. The bellowing of the pushrod V8 added to the joy.

The Panoz GT1 looked mean enough to eat anything or anyone foolish enough to cross its path.
However, the question remained: Could a front engine car win Le Mans?