No more than 25 Esperante Spyder and Spyder GT sports cars will be produced to commemorate the company's motorsports heritage and Panoz sports cars of the past 25 years. Production will be intentionally limited to ensure they remain special and exclusive and keep with Panoz LLC's goal of creating most exclusive American-made custom, hand-built sports cars.
The 2015 Esperante Spyder has the proven and lightweight SPF (Superplastic Forming, commonly referred to as 'super formed') aluminum body revolutionized on previous Esperante models and a process that has been used by some of the world's most elite vehicle manufacturers. Panoz was the first U.S. auto manufacturer to use super formed aluminum panels for its bodies when it created the 1992 Panoz Roadster. In 1996 it added an aluminum chassis and an all-aluminum modular V8 engine to create the Panoz AIV Roadster, which became America's first Aluminum Intensive Vehicle (AIV).
The use of aluminum, carbon fiber and other composite materials, as well as other powertrain, suspension, interior weight-savings measures, paid off. The Esperante Spyder weighs just 3,128 pounds. It takes just 3.7 seconds (estimated) to reach 60 mph on its way to a top test track speed of 172 mph. It can cover the quarter mile in 12.5 seconds/112 mph.
Source: Panoz Press Release