Building a Pantera with a Twin-turbo 428 Windsor

De Tomaso Pantera with a Twin-turbo 428 ci Windsor V8

Nelson Racing Engines is currently building a very powerful De Tomaso Pantera for a lucky customer. The car’s custom chassis was built by The Roadster Shop and features custom IRS and IFS. On top of that Nelson Racing Engines will install one of their 428 ci twin-turbo Ford Windsor V8 capable of producing 1,500+ horsepower. Nelson’s 428 ci Windsor engines cost around $35,000-$52,000 and start with a World Products 9.5″ deck Windsor Block with a Callies Magnum crank, Oliver rods, and JE pistons. Behind that beast will sit a six-speed Mendeola transaxle. As you can see the project is still far from complete but we will continue to follow its progress.

De Tomaso Pantera with a Twin-turbo 428 ci Windsor V8

De Tomaso Pantera with a Twin-turbo 428 ci Windsor V8

De Tomaso Pantera with a Twin-turbo 428 ci Windsor V8

De Tomaso Pantera with a Twin-turbo 428 ci Windsor V8

De Tomaso Pantera with a Twin-turbo 428 ci Windsor V8

De Tomaso Pantera with a Twin-turbo 428 ci Windsor V8

De Tomaso Pantera with a Twin-turbo 428 ci Windsor V8

This video reviews a similar engine built in 2012 for ANS Racing.

Source: Roadster Shop (build gallery) and Nelson Racing Engines FB post

7 thoughts on “Building a Pantera with a Twin-turbo 428 Windsor”

  1. Hi ,
    I was curious to know what the complete frame built for this panteras cost? And if it s steel and considered steel monocoque?
    I appreciate your response.
    Regards.

    1. It’s technically a tube frame, although it has terrible triangulation. That means it flexes too much and it weighs more than it should. I shudder to think they’ll put 1500 bhp in that. Look at the F40 for a good tube frame (and it was designed in the mid ’80s).

  2. I find your chassis very inspirational, kind of a half step between tubular and monoque. And honestly the way it should be done. The layout is deceptively simple, and is probably stronger then it appears. I would love to do a finite element study and see how it stacks up. If it falls short it would probably not take much to stiffen it up to requirements. Thanks for posting

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