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.
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RINGBROTHERS COLLABORATES WITH NIKE'S INNOVATION SKUNK WORKS TEAM TO BUILD ONE-OF-A-KIND PANTERA FOR SEMA

Renowned Street Machine builder Ringbrothers to debut a redefined Italian classic with an all-American heart in the Royal Purple booth at the SEMA Show on November 5th.

Spring Green, WI (October, 2013) – The De Tomaso Pantera created quite a stir when it made its public debut at the New York Motor Show in 1970. Combining Italian styling with American horsepower, the Pantera was both beautiful to look at and blindingly fast on the road. Now, custom vehicle builder and billet parts manufacturer, Ringbrothers, is poised to once again capture the attention of car enthusiasts worldwide with the 2013 SEMA Show debut of ADRNLN – a re-imagined take on the Pantera designed in collaboration with Nike's innovation skunk works team.

At the heart of the beast lies a Wegner Motorsports LS3 pumping out a healthy 600-horsepower through a ZF five-speed gearbox from Bowler Performance Transmissions with a B&M shifter handling the gear changes. The Pantera's signature roar is created by a pair of Flowmaster stainless steel mufflers while Royal Purple synthetic oils keep everything running smoothly. Putting all that power to the ground is the job of a set of HRE forged wheels shod in Nitto tires with stopping power produced by Baer six-piston calipers at each corner. Subtle design cues like small wheel flairs and custom rocker panels with brake cooling ducts adorn the Pantera's steel monocoque body which is finished off in BASF's Glasurit 90-Line paint system to deliver the signature Ringbrothers look. Finally, the engine bay gets some added accenting courtesy of products from Hose Candy. But ADRNLN's story goes deeper than its combination of parts and hand-crafted metalwork.

When Mike and Jim Ring first laid eyes on this particular 1971 Pantera, it was in rough shape. The car belonged to Randy Brickle who was diagnosed with cancer and passed away before the shop working on his beloved De Tomaso could finish the project. After Randy's passing, his wife Cheryl was determined to build the car her husband had always dreamt of. In search of a shop worthy of making her late husband's dream a reality, Cheryl was referred by a friend to Ringbrothers.

A chance meeting with Nike's innovation skunk works design team brought a new direction to the project. Members of the Nike's design team first met the brothers at the 2012 SEMA Show where they were quickly impressed with Mike and Jim's level of craftsmanship, handle on materials manipulation, and keen eye for modern product aesthetics. After a trip to the Ringbrothers shop, the Nike's team of innovators collaborated with the team at Ringbrothers to bring the car to life with an overall design that told the story of the Pantera through its current owner Cheryl and her late husband Randy. Thinking outside of the box, the team of Nike innovators worked with Ringbrothers to design an interior that presented individualized color and material experiences unique to driver and passenger – the driver's highlighting performance fit and luxury excellence and the passenger's emphasizing confident simplicity and superior comfort.

ADRNLN will make its official debut at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 in the Royal Purple booth (#23713 in the Central Hall) at the 2013 SEMA Show and will be on display from November 5-8, 2013.


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      stratosrally
      • 1 Year Ago
      A good friend of mine had an orange Pantera. He picked me up once and we went for a drive with the engine cover inside removed because he was tuning it - what an experience! I like the ducts, the reworked headlights, and the roof intake. Ideally I'd prefer a Ford motor as well, but it's not my car. Wouldn't those be fender flares instead of flairs? I suppose you could say the new fenders have more flair than before :)
      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      should've used a ford motor, but other than that, it's pretty cool.
      JayP
      • 1 Year Ago
      Really? LS3? Not everything has to have a Chevy engine innit.
        Dmitriy Markelov
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JayP
        It doesn't have to go into everything but it certainly makes for one of the simplest swaps into just about anything whether its domestic, euro or import. Tuning tends to be simple and harnesses are available for a lot of platforms. Easy mods and a plentiful aftermarket also help.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dmitriy Markelov
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          Flexo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dmitriy Markelov
          @ Tom, that's a fallacy right there, its entirely possible to build a mild all aluminum small block Ford. Hell Ford offers a 575hp aluminum/iron small block and a 600hp aluminum/aluminum small block for sale, both engines having been developed by Roush and designed for reliable street manners or they could have gone the Coyote 5.0 route and made 600+ horsepower in an entirely streetable package as well. The bottom line with an LS swap like this is just being cheap and lazy.
          Flexo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dmitriy Markelov
          How hard is to build a carbureted Cleveland motor? Its not like they don't have a plethora of kick ass modern canted valve cylinder heads, new blocks or sweet IR intakes. They could spend upwards of probably 15 grand on wheels brakes and tires but couldn't be bothered to spend the money on a killer Cleveland motor? This car is FAIL!
      WhoMeWhere
      • 1 Year Ago
      Glad the stock brakes are gone. The Pantera was scary as hell with the stock brakes
      Ian De La Rosa
      • 1 Year Ago
      " 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" So is it going to have a chevy or Ford V8? Bowtie means GM or Chevrolet I'm assuming?
        Tom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ian De La Rosa
        its gonna have a GM LS based engine
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmm, Chevy v8, ZZzzzzz.....
      Flexo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh how original like the legion of bastard Mustangs, T-buckets, and 32 Fords with a GM engine swap. **** you Nike and Ring brothers
      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      WOW! I always loved Panteras! I can't wait to see the finished product.
      Tony Akinremi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems odd why not just use Ford Shelby engine. Will still be jazzed to see it. Love the wife's Tribute to pass away Hubby Dream.
      Arvind
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome! This rendering was created by my good friend, Brian Stupski! Awesome to see his work here. Brian's a hotrod designer and currently a blogger for Dodge. Outstanding work :)
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      My Pantera went like heck ---in a straight line , couldn't corner.
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