Nelson Racing Engines produces some of the greatest aftermarket V8 engine packages on earth, and in this week’s episode of Tuned In, NRE’s founder, Tom Nelson, is here to talk us through the process from design, to fabrication, assembly, and finally, face-melting dyno runs.
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Even if you don’t recognise the name, you’ve probably seen Tom’s work in films like Furious 7, in which Vin Diesel’s character, Dom Toretto, drives the Nelson Super Cars 1968 Dodge Charger, ‘Maximus’. That impressive machine was built in-house from the ground up, and features a 9.4-litre 2200hp twin-turbo Hemi motor — one of many incredible V8 packages that Nelson Racing Engines offer.
In this episode, Tom looks back over his career, discussing his early days building fences in order to save up and buy a machine shop, through to his move into building complete turn-key cars costing upwards of a million dollars, and to his pumping ultra-high performance engine package business.
Tom was one of the first in the V8 scene to recognise the potential of turbocharging over supercharging, and as such, he also has a huge amount of experience in not just building turbocharged V8s, but designing and fabricating the turbochargers themselves.
Podcast host Andre Simon and Tom also dive into the ultra-high performance engine building world, discussing what it takes to make huge power reliably, and how to balance the aesthetics that NRE is so famous for with performance and serviceability.
Lastly, Tom also talks business, discussing what has and hasn’t worked over the decades, and exactly why his products — whether that be engine packages or full turn-key, Riddler-level builds, cost what they do.
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