Panoz Esperante GT-1
You might have forgotten about Panoz, but the Esperante was a serious, race-bred supercar. The technology behind the Esperante was clearly for racing purposes. It had a space frame body structure, lightweight panels and two seats.
Also, they mounted the front engine towards the middle of the car for the best weight distribution. And better still, under the hood was a Roush-built, Ford-derived V8 delivering over 500 HP they mated to a sequential gearbox.