Here are some photos of the car from the first year I owned it. When I bought the car it had a Ford V6 engine that is just awful. But it served my purpose very well because I was going to get rid of the engine anyway and if the car would have had a V8 it would have been way more expensive and more sought after.
I was looking for a well built tube frame car with a nice body with a big enough engine bay to have room for the driveline I was planning to use, and it was just a coincidence that it was a Pantera replica.
The car is very well built and hard to spot that it is a replica.
Engine bay at the time of purchase.
I manufacture a new exhaust system as an experiment to get more of a race engine sound
When the autumn came of 2011 we started the modification of the car. The project have been put on hold for some years due to 3 kids and a house purchase.
But is now ongoing again.
This is what the engine bay looks like now, not much left of the front bulkhead =)
Here is the original Powertrain of the car, the new powertrain will be posted shortly.
Here is the new powertrain of the car,
A Mercedes M120 V12 engine
Twin overhead cam shafts
And the same base engine that is used in the Mercedes GT1 race car and the Pagani Zonda
Transmission is a 6-speed Porsche Boxster S unit
Here is the clutch that I will use on the car.
A dual disc 5.5" Tilton alu unit rated at 680Nm.
It is on my prototype garage table =)
To minimize the length of the entire powertrain and to make the inputshaft and crankshaft mate, the bellhousing on the transmission had to be shortened.
Then it was time to make a new mounting plate for the Porsche transmission, so an aluminum plate in the appropriate alloy was purchased.
At the same time as a centering plug was manufactured and fixed on the crankshaft.
Then the tip machined bolts were screwed into all the mounting holes in the block, the plate drilled in the center was centered on the plug in the crankshaft and after some well-directed blows with the rubber mallet ... the entire block bolt circle was now marked on the plate.
These were drilled and the plate tested again on the block, this time with the engine in the car (when the work of modifying the car to allow the driveline to take place was done in parallel).
The plate was then attached to the gearbox to measure how large the inner / outer diameter would be and the markings for these was made.
The plate was then centered in the millingmachine and the inside / outside diameter milled.
The plate was then put in placed on the transmission and leveled perpendicular to the input shaft and fastened by screws in preparation to be welded.
The gearbox was put on a cart and shipped of to the welder.
The transmission back from the welder. This is one of the few things I have not done myself on this project.
Pantera Replica -89
Spec at time of purchase
Total Weight: 1240kg
Ford Cologne V6
-Audi 5 speed gearbox
-steel driveshafts with CV-joints
Front: Granada double wichbone
Rear: Custom double wichbone
Front: Revolution wheels 8x15"
Rear: Revolution wheels 10x15"
Aluminum front mounted radiator
Bodywork and Chassis:
-Glass fiber body
Front: Ford granada
Rear: Ford granada
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