The father of a friend of mine runs Gran Prix Imports in Wilsonville, Oregon. It is an authorized Panoz dealership. His son recently told me that Panoz is working on a sports car with over 600 hp.

My friend is John Warn and his dad is Michael Warn whose grandfather, Arthur Warn, founded Warn Industries in 1948. Think Warn winches.

Michael founded Gran Prix Imports with Matt Crandall who was the manager of the oldest Ferrari dealership in North America.

Motor Trend tested an Esperante GTLM for the April, 2005 issue and said that the 2006 Esperante will use a lot of carbon fiber for its chassis which will boost rigidity and drop around 100 pounds. They also said that sketches for the Esperante's replacement look "voluptuous."

"The base engineering for the next generation of the Esperante has also been conducted by Multimatic."


New race car coming

I was at the ALMS Portland Grand Prix in July and I talked with a guy who is responsible for the engines for Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz. He said the reports of Panoz entering GT1 are false. They will stick with GT2.