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Panoz Roadster


Panoz Roadster

Likened to a Shelby Cobra of modern times, the Panoz Roadster used a similar build and borrowed many components from Ford's Mustang. Head of the company Danny Panoz took over the Irish motorsports company in 1994 to create a Car which offered pure thrills for driving enthusiasts. The Roadster debuted that mime year. Two years later the car had developed further into the AIV (aluminium intensive vehicle) Roadster, so called as it used aluminium in the chassis, engine the body. The original frame was conceived by racing-car engineer Frank Costin (the 'cos' in Marcos) and consisted of large-bore aluminium tubes with backbone. Race A-arm suspension came in either standard or sport form, while the 13-inch (330mm) ABS disc brakes were straight from the Mustang Cobra and provided the Panoz with astonishing braking power. The engine was Ford's 32-valve unit.

Panoz Roadster Specifications

Top speed:131 mph (210 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):4.5 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:281 ci (4,604 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:305 bhp (227 kW) @ 5,800 rpm
Max torque:300 lb ft (406 Nm) @ 4,800 rpm
Weight:2,459 lb (1,117 kg)
Economy:19.9 mpg (7.1 km/I)
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