In the annals of automobile history, there have been many successful vehicles from small European automakers powered by good old-fashioned American V8 engines. Perhaps the most well-known of these Anglo-American mashups is the Shelby Cobra, but another model that figures prominently into the discussion would be the De Tomaso Pantera.
The mid-engine exotic you see above started life as a 1971 Pantera (the car's first model year), but it's been heavily modified by the crew at Ringbrothers and renamed ADRNLN... which, for whatever reason, is 'adrenalin' in all caps and without any vowels. The car's original 351-cubic-inch Ford V8 has been replaced with a GM LS3 engine made by Wegner Motorsports, hooked to a ZF five-speed manual transmission.
While the striking yellow paint may draw in the most eyeballs, the interior is equally unique, with work performed by the innovation skunkworks design team from Nike - yep, that Nike. There are a ton of intricate details worth checking out in the image gallery above, and all the specs and suppliers can be found in the press release below.Permalink | Email this | Comments
ADRNLN, the car pictured in the rendering above, is based on a 1971 De Tomaso Pantera that had seen better days. But in its transformation to its soon-to-be-revealed second act, Ringbrothers, a custom car shop and parts maker, and Nike's innovation skunkworks team have given the De Tomaso a new lease on life. It's going to be a vibrant life, too, courtesy of a 600-horsepower Chevy LS3 V8 swap - Ford V8s powered stock Pantera models - but we're not going to complain about the car's Bowtie engine transplant. ADRNLN will debut at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas on November 5.
The project started when the car's previous owner passed away after battling cancer and his wife wanted to finish his Pantera project and make his dream a reality. After searching for the right shop for the build, she was referred to Ringbrothers, an outfit of SEMA regulars who in turn captured the attention of the Nike skunkworks team with the Pantera project.
So in addition to the new V8, transmission, exhaust system, Baer six-piston brakes and HRE wheels, Nike's team has designed custom fender flairs and rocker panels with brake-cooling ducts to complete the package.
Take a look at the press release below for full details on the project's origins - we'll be looking for this tasty Italian-American restomod in the Royal Purple booth when we cover SEMA early next month.
UPDATE: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated: "It's going to be a vibrant life, too - courtesy of a 600-horsepower Ford V8, which power stock Pantera models, but we're not going to complain about the car's Bowtie engine transplant." The text has since been corrected.Permalink | Email this | Comments