If earlier today BMW announced their 1-Series M Coupe Safety Car for the Moto GP events, Porsche announced that a Panamera will also be used as a Safety Car, but this time for the 2011 American Le Mans Series. The safety car is of course based on the most powerful version - the Turbo, a model powered by a 4.8-liter twin turbocharged V8 engine that delivers a total of 500 HP. While all we have on the car is a first image, we expect to see several modifications made in order to adopt the car’s specifications to the racing series.
"The Porsche Panamera gives us an official safety car unmatched in motorsports," Ed Triolo, ALMS VP of Marketing and Brand Development said. "This reinforces the commitment and partnership between the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and Porsche, one of the world’s greatest sports cars that has had extraordinary success in the ALMS and IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama. It is a perfect fit."