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Video: Is the mighty front-engined Panoz Roadster the craziest LMP1 car?

22nd June 2020
Ben Miles

The Panoz Epserante was one of the craziest icons of 1990s sportscar racing. A brutal, loud, front-engined GT1 car that looked completely out of this world. But what can after the Esperante was, perhaps, even more awesome.

This is the Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S. A much worse name than Esperante, but an awesome machine. It takes a lot of the Esperante’s formula – front-mounted engine, big V8, incredible looks – and then chops the lid off.

The LMP-1 raced from 1999 until 2003, and become a fan favourite. Even helping Panoz beat BMW to the first ever American Le Mans Series (ALMS) teams championship in 1999. It also raced at Le Mans, providing some, sort-of, competition for the mighty Audi R8. It would be replaced by the even more bonkers LMP07, but brought back to action after Panoz decided the new 07s weren’t good enough.

During our celebration of all things LMP at the 77th Members’ Meeting in 2019 one took to the track in a brilliant demonstration, in the hands of first David Brabham (who drove it in period) and then Emanuele Pirro (who raced against it, and will drive anything he gets his hands on). And we caught up with the very lucky owner to find out what makes this car tick.

  • Panoz

  • LMP1

  • 77MM

  • Members Meeting

  • Video

  • Le Mans

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Members' Meeting

Video: Le Mans legends light up Goodwood

23rd March 2020

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Historic

Video: Is the mighty front-engined Panoz Roadster the craziest LMP1 car?

22nd June 2020

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Members' Meeting

Video: The full Le Mans Prototype demo from 77th Members’ Meeting

01st February

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Historic

Video: Riding shotgun in a thundering Panoz LMP-1 at Goodwood

17th August 2022

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Historic

Video: Raw LMP V12, V10, V8 noise at Goodwood

16th May 2021

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Members' Meeting

Gallery: 77MM – Le Mans prototypes

09th April 2019

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Members' Meeting

Five incredible sportscars you have to see at 77MM

02nd April 2019

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Members' Meeting

My Members’ Meeting: Emanuele Pirro

15th April 2019