Production began this week for perhaps one of the most difficult and unique builds ever on the hit Discovery Channel television show Monster Garage. West Coast Choppers owner Jesse James and his team of Maverick Mechanics are attempting to create a flying car out of a Panoz Esperante provided by Panoz Auto Development within a span of five days. Unlike most Monster Garage episodes consisting of five person teams that air for one hour, the flying car project has a team of ten members and will air as a special two-part season finale on June 13 and June 20 on the Discovery Channel.
Crafted in Braselton, Ga., the Panoz Esperante offers world-class performance with its hand-built 4.6 liter, 32-valve, dual overhead cam, aluminum V-8. The All-American machine produces pure sports car adrenaline making it the perfect fit for such an extreme Jesse James creation. One version of the Esperante already flies - on the ground that is. The Panoz Esperante also competes in the GT2 class of the American Le Mans Series which begins its 2005 season with the historic Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in mid-March.
Details of the build taking place near Jesse James' world famous West Coast Choppers are top-secret for now so viewers will just have to wait until June for the exciting two part season-ender featuring Jesse James, the Monster Garage team and a very different Panoz Esperante.