A self-healing car? Not quite, but Panoz sports cars will now come with “self-healing paint”
Sometimes, it’s the most obscure companies out there that come up with the wackiest ideas. Take Noble, for instance. For those who don’t know, the company took the engine out of a Volvo XC90 and strapped a couple of turbos to it to launch the M600 in under three seconds. Yep, there’s a Volvo-engined car that will hit 60 in 2.9 seconds. But that’s not all – there’s also American boutique manufacturer Panoz. You may have never heard of them, but they’re now shipping their cars with “self-healing” paint. If you pick up a scratch or swirl marks, the paint on Panoz cars will be able to “heal” the blemishes when exposed to heat.
Panoz joined up with Feynlab, a company whose products comprise ceramic coatings meant to protect automotive paint. The company uses “nano coatings” to protect cars from UV damage, marring and chemicals. Another up side, however, is the coating’s ability to protect from scratching. The “Self-Heal Plus” coating can form back to its original condition when it’s scratched and exposed to heat. So in a way, cars treated with the coating are scratch-proof. Or, at the very least, they’re extremely scratch-resistant.
The self-healing protective paint coating will come standard on all Panoz models, but don’t expect it to come cheap. If you want Feynlab’s Self Heal Plus on your own car, you’re looking to spend at least $2,500. More to the point, Panoz cars also aren’t cheap. The Avezzano pictured above – a hand-built, American sports car with a custom 6.2-liter V8 Chevrolet-derived engine – costs at least $159,900.
Still, it’s a nice touch that will keep some dingbat in a rented Malibu from dinging the paint on your preciously rare and expensive sports car. Check back to TFLcar.com for more self-healing paint news, views and real-world reviews!