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.
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RINGBROTHERS UNVEILS ONE-OF-A-KIND PANTERA DESIGNED IN COLLABORATION WITH NIKE'S INNOVATION SKUNK WORKS TEAM

Renowned Street Machine builder Ringbrothers™ wows 2013 SEMA Show attendees with ADRNLN - a redefined Italian classic with an all-American heart.

Spring Green, WI (November, 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, has once again captured 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. All that power gets put to the ground through a set of HRE S101 three-piece forged wheels shod in Nitto Invo tires with stopping power produced by Baer six-piston calipers at each corner. Subtle design cues like small wheel flares and custom rocker panels with brake cooling ducts adorn the Pantera's steel monocoque body which has been finished off in BASF's Glasurit 90-Line paint system delivering the signature Ringbrothers look. Finally, the engine bay received 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 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.

For more information on the "ADRNLN" Pantera and other Ringbrothers billet parts, visit www.ringbrothers.com or stay connected with the team on Facebook and Google+. #standapart #RBSEMA2013 #Ringbrothers


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      William Flesher
      • 1 Year Ago
      I appreciate the performance enhancements and craftsmanship- Really incredible work. But appearance wise, I personally find it far less attractive than the original.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Solid, respectable retro car. Love it. Ridiculously cool.
      Charles Houghton
      • 1 Year Ago
      "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 Pantera would be Italian-American, not Anglo-American, wouldn't it?
      Tribesman2004
      • 1 Year Ago
      This thing is everything good about cars. It's simply stunning. I know many dislike that they used an LS3 (Honestly, me to, but only because they could have used an LS7, LSA, LS9, or even the new LT1. They would pretty much all fit, more or less.), but I can understand why. If I could, I would throw bricks of money at these people until I had one of these.
      Go2Fast
      • 1 Year Ago
      "renamed ADRNLN... which, for whatever reason, is 'adrenalin' in all caps and without any vowels." That would be DRNLN...
      imag
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love the idea of the car and the look (except for the yellow). But this has been so modded that I rather wish they had just done their own modern frame and body. The Pantera would have been worth restoring to original condition.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 1 Year Ago
      Needs more Cleveland.
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      rawtoast
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've read you have to be tiny to fit in one of these and damned if thats not true, that pic of the cockpit is hilarious. You have to be Tom Cruise levels of tiny to fit in this thing.
        Agilis
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rawtoast
        Holy **** you are right. Not meant for anyone over 6' or if it is, 6' is the limit. No leg room at all.
      Devin Baker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Normally, I'd be in total disagreement with messing with a Pantera to any degree, especially something this radical...but...wow. That is one nice car. Incredible level of detail everywhere you look. Even the seat adjustment levers look cool! Sort of reminds me of a Spyker in that sense.
      SetNick
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't care what anyone says, if I could afford it I would buy it. It looks cool, has a motor that will run on a hot Texas day in traffic or at the track, and will always put a smile on the face when its just sitting still.
      john96xlt
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The car's original 351-cubic-inch Ford V8 has been replaced with a GM LS3 engine..." And, I've lost interest.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @john96xlt
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        Fonin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @john96xlt
        Agreed, the cleveland 351 should have stayed. That engine is capable of well more than 400 hp, and its classic.
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