Panoz GT-RA


Panoz Esperante GTS Specs


Layout: Front mid-engine, RWD, two-door coupe.

Body: Lightweight, damage-resistant ABS plastic with acrylic exterior layer; 15 easily replaceable panels with standardized mounting points; safety glass windshield; clear acrylic rear window; front brake cooling ducts; left and right side mirrors; opening doors

Chassis: 1.75(43.75mm) x 1.75, .090(2.25 mm) Wall, Mild Steel Space Frame 1.75x .095 DOM 8-point roll cage w/triple tube side protection 18-gauge interior panels, welded in. Meets all SCCA tech and safety requirements.


Engine: Ford Racing 5.81/351 GT-40

Displacement: 5.8 Liters/351cid (5,768cc)

Horsepower @ rpm: 385 bhp @ 5,750rpm

Torque @ rpm: 377 @4,500rpm

Compression Ratio: 9.5:1

Bore x Stroke: 4.00 in. x 3.5 in. (101.6 mm x 90.0 mm)

Cylinder Heads: Aluminum GT-40

Ignition: MSD 6ALN Ignition Control

Transmission: Tremec TKO - plus 5-speed manual

Gear Ratios: 1st: 3.27:1 2nd: 1.98:1

3rd: 1.34:1 4th: 1.00:1 5th: 0.83:1

Carburetion: Holley 4 bbl., 750cfm Double Pump carburetor

Final Drive: 3.50:1, Ford 9-inch w/Trac Lock

Lines: Steel braided fuel, oil and brake lines


Front: Unequal length A Arm Penske single adjustable coil-over shock absorbers.  Two-position adjustable sway bar, 1.25” diameter.

Rear: Live axle located by trailing arms and Watts Link Penske single adjustable coil-over shock absorbers Three-position adjustable sway bar, 0.75” diameter.

Wheels: BBS 17 x 9-inch (425 x 225 mm) aluminum

Tires: Michelin Pilot Slicks 275/40R17


Front: Brembo 4 Piston hydraulic calipers 13-inch (328 mm) vented steel rotors with Hawk pads

Rear: Brembo 4 Piston hydraulic calipers 12.5-inch (320 mm) vented steel rotors with Hawk pads

Lines: Steel braided fuel, oil and brake lines

Control System: Wilwood brake bias control system


Type Rack and pinion

Turns lock-to-lock: 3

Ratio: 15:1


Fuel Safe fuel cell with bladder located within chassis rails

3-inch, 5-point safety harness

Driver’s side window net

Manual Halon fire extinguisher system

Driver and remote battery kill key

Remote battery boost connector


Gauges: Autometer Ultra Lite gauges and 10k rpm Monster Tach

Steering Wheel: Fittipaldi 3-spoke steering wheel with quick release

Accents: Single electric wiper; illuminating taillights and brake lights

Seats: Aluminum, high support one piece racing seat in various widths


Wheelbase: 107.6 in. (2690 mm)

Track (f/r): 63.0/65.8 in. (1575/1645 mm)

Overall Length: 170.0 in. (4250 mm)

Overall Width: 78.0 in. (1,950 mm)

Overall Height: 51.0 in. (1,275 mm)

Curb Weight: 2,685 lbs. (1,217 kg.)

Fuel Capacity: 32.0 gal. (121.6 L)



The GTS is still available through Panoz Auto Development.