Don Panoz, founder of Panoz LLC that has introduced a number of high-performance supercars including the Panoz Roadster, AIV Roadster and Panoz Esperante has now turned to electric power. Named the Green4U Panoz Racing GT-EV, the fully electric race car has been unveiled at the 24 Hours Le Mans Village. The development of the electric race car was done at Panoz' headquarters in Braselton, Georgia and the Green4U has a range of 90 km, on the race track of course.
In a pit-stop, a fresh battery would be replaced with the drained out one according to the American supercar maker and the Green4U has the ability to go up to 180 mph or 290 kmph. Based on the DeltaWing, the Green4U has an offset two-place cockpit, unlike the DeltaWing. The company has also stated that a road car version would eventually be developed, which instead of replaceable batteries, would have a rechargeable one.
Panoz is expecting that his Green4U Racing GT-EV will be given the 'Garage 56' wild-card entry by early 2018. The Garage 56 entry is a one exhibition only entry which showcases new technologies and till now ACO Sanctioning hasn't found a worthy entry. The DeltaWing won this entry in 2012 but after six hours into the race, it succumbed to mechanical failure.
A large section of racing enthusiasts and sponsors have been skeptical about race cars going fully electric due to the aural element dying away, which is an integral part of any form of racing. What would be really interesting to see is if the Panoz Green4U GT-EV finishes the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hour race, considering their previous outing at the fabled circuit lasted only for a quarter of the allocated duration. However, winners from last few years have been using a hybrid system so it wouldn't be wrong to assume Panoz too has figured out ways to extract more performance while improving reliability.