AWD 1967 GTO with a Mid-Engine Twin-Turbo V8

AWD 1967 GTO with a Mid-Engine Twin-Turbo V8

Nelson Racing Engines is building a custom 1967 Pontiac GTO with a mid-engine AWD powertrain. Behind the driver sits a twin-turbo big-block V8 that produces 2,000-2,500 horsepower connected to a custom two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission and custom transfer case with overdrive. This part of the powertrain is reversed with the transfer case closest to the driver. Power goes to the front wheels through a custom diff with a Weismann locker. However power to the rear wheels takes a few more steps. It comes out of the transfer case through a driveshaft into a series of custom side mounted gears and a Weismann transfer case. This unique setup allows for different length half-shafts and different size tires front/rear.

AWD 1967 GTO with a Mid-Engine Twin-Turbo V8

AWD 1967 GTO with a Mid-Engine Twin-Turbo V8

AWD 1967 GTO with a Mid-Engine Twin-Turbo V8

AWD 1967 GTO with a Mid-Engine Twin-Turbo V8

AWD 1967 GTO with a Mid-Engine Twin-Turbo V8

AWD 1967 GTO with a Mid-Engine Twin-Turbo V8

Source: Nelson Racing Engines

9 Comments

  1. ScLeCo

    As the owner of a 67 GTO I’m not sure how I feel about this car. On one hand the engineering is amazing, on the other hand it hurts to see a GTO cut up like that.

  2. JimmyinTEXAS

    ScLeCo, I feel your pain.
    As someone who has ALWAYS wanted to be the owner of a 67 GTO, I’m pretty sure how I feel about this car. On one hand, the engineering is AMAZING, on the other hand, it hurts to see a GTO cut up. In my case, the engineering looms SO large the pain is mitigated to a mere nuisance.

  3. Jim

    Cool idea, but the side gear setup is a little bizarre. Wondering if they couldn’t have used a regular diff connected laterally to the driveshaft.

  4. I think it’s pretty cool, having driven a stock 1968 GTO for 40+ years. Hell yeah, instead of having that ’67 fall into the hands of some goof who after ruining just about everything on the goat, sticks it in a storage yard, waiting for it to accrue value. Go for it, kick ass on new Corvetts, and even Ferraris based on the calculated horsepower. Just hope all that power doesn’t grenade transfer cases, etc. Go for it!

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