Originally Posted by slicktsax
remember back in 2001 when teh panoz LMP 07 used a 4 liter Zytek, the engine had power to match the audis on straights but the engine was never designed to be put in a front engined car which is why it had so many problems. given a proper development time i think the panoz lmp 07's with the zytek V8 would have been a formidable package but Mr. Panoz i feel was too impatient.
2001 trap speeds, top 10:
7 Bentley EXP Speed 8 333 km/h (206.5 mph)
5 Cadillac Northstar LMP 325 km/h (201.5 mph)
4 Audi R8 324 km/h (200.9 mph)
10 Dome-Judd S101 332 km/h (205.8 mph)
21 Ascari-Judd A410 319 km/h (197.8 mph)
3 Audi R8 - 318 km/h (197.2 mph)
20 Ascari-Judd A410 325 km/h (201.5 mph)
16 Dallara Mopar 318 km/h (197.2 mph)
2 Audi R8 328 km/h (203.4 mph) 302 km/h
37 Reynard-Judd 01Q 314 km/h (194.7 mph)
12 Panoz LMP07 303 km/h (187.9 mph)
11 Panoz LMP07 302 km/h (187.2 mph)
Clearly the 07's lacked power and couldn't hang with a wet rag on the straights.
Bu then LMP07's problems were many. The car was full of compromises from the begining and while the engine wasn't up to snuff, many things were not up to snuff. Having said that, Multimatic spent a year with the car after Panoz gave up and they couldn't get anything out of it. Suffice to say, if you compromise your design from the begining you end up with something untenable in the end. The LMP07 was doomed from the start.