A conceptual version of the planned road-going Panoz Deltawing GT sports car has been revealed in the US.
The launch of the sports car and a subsequent four-seat saloon - which as yet hasn't been given a timescale - is portrayed as a comeback for the US-based Panoz. The sports car is based heavily on the Deltawing racer, which currently competes in the IMSA Tudor Uniter SportsCar Championship in the US.
While the car's makers have yet to reveal the powertrain which will be used in the road car, the company has described its vehicle architecture as a "green technology multi-tool", saying it could incorporate engines powered by petrol, diesel and compressed natural gas, as well as hybrid and electric powertrains.
Autocar understands that both cars will be built around a lightweight aluminium chassis and feature engines mounted transversely at the rear. The GT two-seater will have a turbocharged four-cylinder engine of undisclosed origin producing in the region of 340bhp, while a three-cylinder engine with 105-110bhp is planned for the saloon, in which the rear seats would be mounted over the drivetrain.
Both cars will retain the narrow front track and 30/70% front/rear weight distribution central to the lightweight Deltawing racer, which was conceived to achieve the same performance as its rivals while using half the fuel.
Panoz envisages a price of $60,000-$70,000 for the GT and $27,000-$30,000 for the saloon. The cars will be made by the Deltawing Technology Group, which incorporates the currently dormant Panoz.
Deltawing boss Don Panoz said: “I’m certainly no tree-hugger and have no opinion on global warming, but if you have better fuel economy and lower emissions, then that makes a contribution to society.”