Ares Marbella Studio, a few steps from Puerto Banus harbour

A few interesting details about the Ares Marbella Studio: located at Avenida de Julio Iglesias, a few steps from the Puerto Banus harbour entrance, the showroom hosts three stunning examples of the company’s bespoke design capabilities.

On the first floor, the Ares Land Rover Defender Spec 1.2 and the Ares Scrambler for BMW R nineT motorbike welcome customers in Ares style, but it is on the upper floor that they unveil a full-scale model of its much-admired Ares S1 Spyder, a must-see wonder!

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Neo retro racer: Ares Bullet

Created to offer enhanced riding pleasure, the Ares Bullet for BMW R NineT has a smoother, yet more responsive riding experience, making the eye-catching bike ideal for short trips and long-distance journeys.

While the bike sports the standard suspension layout, Ares designers incorporated a fully adjustable shock absorber spring to the rear. This permits the rider to switch on, or off, the spring reload and release, allowing them to maximise the Bullet’s engaging handling characteristics.

Drawing its style inspiration from past racers, the Ares Bullet for BMW R NineT sports a typically sharp fairing with an integrated LED headlight.

The striking livery connects the front fairing with the tank and side faring while, underneath the engine, a small carbon spoiler wraps around the exhaust manifolds. While acting as a heat shield, this also adds a final flourish of colour and detail to the underside of the bike. The tank sports black leather knee pads with yellow stitching detail, which is carried through onto the saddle.


The bike’s powerhouse, the 1170cc twin-cylinder boxer engine, remains the same as the donor bike save for the air intake box, which has been removed. In its place are two open conical sport filters, which, along with the remapped ECU, gives the ARES Bullet an all-new and distinctive intake sound, differentiating it from the donor bike.

The Ares Bullet is equipped with a custom-built 2-in-2 exhaust system, designed to accommodate the heat shields and finished in matt black.

To accommodate the new retro-styled tail, which houses the bike’s ECU, the saddle housing sits 4cm higher which, coupled with low-slung handlebars and newly positioned foot pegs, enables the rider to enjoy a sportier riding position.

All new structures (fairing, tail, tank) have been designed by Ares Centro Stile and are made of carbon fibre. All leather components are handmade by the company’s in-house craftsmen, while Ares’ paint department applied the fully customisable and eye-catching livery.

The Ares Bullet for BMW R NineT will be made to order in a limited series of just 25 motorcycles. The order book is now open with delivery two months from order. Come in the beautiful world of Ares.

Arestorque – Ares Café Racer, a new one-off two-wheeled creation by Ares Design

Is it possible to have a customised version of a motorbike already customised?! Well, when we talk about an Ares creation, of course, yes!

As is often the way it all started with a particular request from one of their customers. Already a proud owner of an Ares Scrambler for BMW R nineT, he wanted the Italian coachbuilder to create a sportier road-oriented version of the Scrambler, which could be use for his trips to the California hills, with the option to take some luggage for the weekend.

The Ares Centro Stile and R&D Department set to work on the design and as you can see, produced a unique and beautiful creation, a truly bespoke one-off Ares Café Racer for BMW R nineT that is inspired by the legendary racing bikes of the 1960s.

The starting point was the BMW R nineT itself, with the aesthetic and mechanical changes already present on the ARES Scrambler. The new tank and the mudguards, handmade in carbon fibre and painted by the craftsmen of the Modena factory, along with the characteristic rear double swingarm and double side shock absorbers.

However, this is where the common points with the Scrambler stopped and Ares styling commenced. The wide off-road handlebars are replaced with a pair of sportier clip-on bars. While the front end is perfected by a new LED headlight and a carbon fibre aerodynamic deflector, it is the rear where the most radical changes are found.

The Café Racer is equipped with a new single-seat unit, upholstered in handmade leather and topped with a cover akin to racing bikes of yesteryear. On either side of which is the custom-made frame that can hold two panniers and has space for a blanket or sleeping bag – perfect for a weekend getaway!

From a technical perspective, the Café Racer features the mechanical refinements already present on the Scrambler. Still this time around, the 1170cc two-cylinder boxer engine is equipped with a retro-designed stainless steel 2-in-2 exhaust system with two conical air filters. Along with a new set of street-oriented tyres specifically designed for maximum riding pleasure on the curvy roads of the American coast!

The Café Racer is a motorbike conceived and built for fun, born from the fantasy of an enthusiast, and it is to realize these fantasies and these requests that ARES was born.

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Ares opened Modena studio

Following the Dubai and St. Moritz studio openings, the third Ares Studio launch has a very special significance: the Ares Modena Studio opens its doors. Located in the historic centre, the showroom is in part a gesture of gratitude to Modena and its people, who have helped and supported our company since its foundation.

Exciting supercars, elegant grand tourers, luxurious SUVs and refined motorbikes: driven by the craftsmanship of artisan coachbuilders and cutting edge technology of the future, Modena-based Ares designs, creates and hand builds bespoke and limited edition vehicles for its discerning clients from around the world.

Come into the beautiful world of Ares Design, Engineers of Emotions.

Ares presents unique Tesla Model S Converible commission

Those who drive a Tesla Model S do not really excel in originality. That is, with just one body style and a handful of colors that you can order from Tesla, chances are there is one or more copies of your car in the same town where you live. If you want a special Model S, you can now turn to Ares Design.

At Ares, our Co-create philosophy allows clients to work side by side with our designers and engineers to create their very own bespoke vehicle, a service that is unique to Ares. This Tesla project is a superb example of this; it was a pure coachbuilding project which we very much enjoy doing and seeing the results of our uncompromising standards.

Dany Bahar, Ares Co-founder and CEO

Not willing to wait for the new Tesla Roadster, one car enthusiast demanded a Tesla S Convertible, immediately. And Italian coachbuilder Ares was more than happy to take on the challenge.

Italian luxury design house Ares has showcased its coachbuilding skills by revealing a privately commissioned Tesla Model S Convertible. Commissioned to transform the Tesla Model S into an eye-catching two-door open-top convertible the Modena-based atelier performed work on the body, chassis, aerodynamics and interior during the comprehensive coachbuilding project.

To achieve the conversion, engineers cut away the roof and removed the rear doors and the B-pillars to facilitate new, longer front doors. Centro Stile designed a new rear bonnet allowing space to integrate the roof when stowed. To finish, designers added a splash of Italian style with the fitment of a sleek Ares designed carbon fibre aero kit. Engineers retained the structural integrity of the Tesla by reinforcing the chassis with additional strengthening to the side members, beneath the cockpit and rear seating area.

Incidentally, the Model S continues to offer space for more than two people, because behind the front row of seats are two more seats that are tailor-made for this convertible. The interior of the Tesla has also been completely addressed by Ares, the finest hand-stitched ice white leather with orange detailing realised their client’s vision of a stylish interior finish.

It’s not quite as effortlessly gorgeous as Ares’ De Tomaso Pantera revival, but few cars are. Take a look at the new Ares convertible from all angles, and decide for yourself: success or waste of a Model S?

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Black is Beautiful, Ares Stunningly Restores Classic Porsche 911 964 Turbo

Italian coachbuilder Ares is known for two things: turning classic cars into modern drivers, such as the Ferrari 412, the De Tomaso Pantera, and for its roofless S1 Project Spyder. Now, the design company has put its hand to another cult classic: A one-off Porsche 911 Turbo from the 964 generation is the design studio’s new project – and it is absolutely awesome.

2021 kicked off with a cool new V8-Powered Land Rover Defender for Ares and the folks over from Modena have one more January surprise.

When the Porsche 964 Turbo was launched in 1991, it faced an uphill battle to win its fans over: this new generation of the iconic sports car from Stuttgart had been handed the baton from the first 911 to bear the Turbo badge on its rear bonnet – the legendary 930 – a car that changed the sports GTs panorama forever.

The 964 has always been a desirable iteration of the 911 lineage. With its cult status well-cemented in automotive history, it now acts as the base for a new restomod courtesy of Ares, which has overhauled the 911. The luxury coachbuilder has chosen the 911 964 Turbo, interpreting and modifying it, both in the aesthetics and mechanics; ultimately imparting its DNA which imbues every one of its creations.

Said to be a ‘unique creation, born from an enthusiast’s vision who wanted to realize his dream car’ and ‘an object of desire, as exciting to drive as it is to look at’, the Ares model is arguably one of the cleanest restored Porsche’s around

The car features many visual and performance upgrades but manages to retain the original Turbo’s DNA. The most notable appearance modification has to be the added fixed ducktail spoiler mounted on the redesigned hood. It gives the coupe that retro vibe the 911 Carrera 2.7 RS has.

Another touch in the same direction is the set of new wheels. The two-tone silver-black alloys have a design that’s reminiscent of Fuchs rims used in the same Carrera 2.7 RS from the mid-1970s. Other exterior updates include a new set of headlights and the quad pipes at the rear.

Inside the cabin, the Modenese craftsmen have created a new interior upholstery in leather and tartan fabric, decorated with a houndstooth motif, a gentle nod to the German manufacturer’s racing cars from yesteryear and one that Ares had already used on its Porsche 911 Targa GT3. Special attention has also been paid to the interface between car and driver: with new gauges and a PCCM infotainment system, specifically designed for classic Porsches.

Power comes from a base 3.6-liter flat-six engine that’s had its intercooler and turbocharger. But Ares has made tweaks to the car’s engine. More precisely, they’ve added a larger turbo and intercooler, increasing the factory output of 360 horsepower (268 kilowatts) to 425 hp (316 kW).

In terms of performance, although the 964 Turbo never lacked numbers, but unfortunately, the tuners are not providing details about the coupe’s performance capabilities after the performance upgrade. But it will probably be fast, very fast!

No pricing details are available either for the Porsche 911 964 Turbo, but you won’t be able to buy this car – it’s a one-off customer order. Come into the beautiful world of Ares.

Ares Design Pulls Back the Curtains on Roofless S1 Project Spyder

Improving and enhancing the automotive landscape with more luxury and personalisation is what Ares Design is all about. Revitalising and modernising classics cars, producing one-off supercars or carrying out customised fabrication is all part of Ares’s raison d’etre.

Ares Design has pulled back the curtains on its boutique supercar S1 Project Spyder. The new vehicle follows the company’s S1 Project Coupe, giving its Barchetta-style silhouette a roofless design this time around.

We wanted to create a model that is a true tribute to the pleasure of sport driving. This new [vehicle] adds more charm to the S1 Project design as it takes additional inspiration from the world of motorsport and the racing cars of the past.

Dany Bahar, Ares co-founder

Simply said, it is the homeless (as in no roof, no soft top or anything) version of the earlier S Project. Is that practical? No, not at all. Is it spectacular? Yes, very much – nothing that happens outside the car, in terms of smell, noise, wind and yes: rain will also escape you.

Did it once started with the Isdera Spider in the 1980’s! and the De Tomaso Guara Barchetta (1993), it’s a body style is somehow been quite popular with supercarmakers lately. Just think of cars like the Ferrari Monza, the McLaren Elva and the Aston Martin V12 Speedster.

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Ares’ S1 Project Spyder adopts the style of its coupé twin, but at the same time rebuffs it in a new form that is even more extreme and uncompromising, with a design enriched by the absence of the roof and the windscreen. To assure the ultimate driving experience, Ares’ Centro Stile designed two wind deflectors that flawlessly emerge from the streamlined bodywork, redirecting the air flow over the passengers into the air intakes behind the headrests and creating a virtual canopy and a calm driving environment, to fully enjoy the unique dynamic experience.

Coming with two deflectors, its windscreen-less design pushes up air current over the driver and into air intakes behind the headrests to create a ‘virtual canopy’.

The S1 Project Spyder fully embodies all the values of the Ares design language, where form meets function to offer unique style, unparalleled dynamic performance and a pure, unfiltered driving experience.

Engineering

Beneath its handmade carbon fibre bodywork, the S1 Project Spyder houses a centrally mounted, naturally aspirated Corvette C8 6.2L V8 engine. With a maximum of 8,800 rpm, the car’s powerful acceleration will deliver a 0-100 kph in 2.7 seconds.

Apart from its exterior body, the S1 Project Spyder does not differ greatly from the inner mechanics of its coupe twin. Under the hood, the car has a naturally aspirated V8 engine that can rev up to 8,800 rpm and put out 715 horsepower.

Ares Design has also created the bespoke exhaust system and revised the engine ECU to achieve a maximum power output of 522kw (715hp), delivered via the rear wheels and an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox and double wishbone suspensions, with forged aluminium axles and adaptive Magnetic Ride Control.

Interior

Without the windscreen, the sinuous carbon-fibre bodywork of the S1 Project Spyder takes on a unique, organic form, flowing through the interior to divide and envelop the passengers. Bespoke hand-crafted and richly finished with fine Napa leather and Alcantara, the S1 Project Spyder’s interior reveals elegant, minimalist lines, with the HMI positioned entirely on the centre console and dashboard.

The vehicle’s open cockpit offers a bold contrast between the silver-toned body and its delicately handcrafted Napa leather and Alcantra-covered interiors.

The wrapping shapes contrast with the absence of a roof and windscreen, emphasising the sensations experienced while behind the wheel.

No official release date for the S1 Project Spyder has been announced, but like its predecessor, the model will be limited to just 24 examples. Units will be built to order, with order books already open.

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French Maison Lalique to co-design a special car with Italian coachbuilder

Luxury Italian coachbuilder Ares Design and world-renowned French crystal maker Lalique announce their collaboration to produce a bespoke limited-edition car expected to be revealed later this year.

The two luxury houses will produce a bespoke limited-edition car expected to be revealed later this year. The teaser shot is revealing the sleek silhouette of the ultimate luxury accessory (doesn’t the silhouette look like the Rolls-Royce Hyper0n by Pininfarina?)..

This very special collaboration will create the ultimate luxury accessory, perpetuating the work of René Lalique, renown for creating iconic car mascots in the 1920s and 1930s.

Silvio Denz, Lalique Chairman and CEO

Modena-based Ares Design will be responsible for the design and build of the car; currently in the development stage, while Lalique, who co-designed the look and feel, brings its distinctive brand of timeless French luxury to the project with the inclusion of crystal embellishments; complimented by additional signature items throughout.

The plans for the car look stunning, said Ares Design’s Executive Chairman and Co-founder Waleed Al Ghafari, and we do not doubt that, via the designers, engineers and artisan’s collaborative process, we will bring our mutual vision to life in a beautifully adorned masterpiece; a work of art unlike anything we have produced before; the epitome of bejewelled excellence.

Masters in their respective fields, Ares Design and Lalique share common values, that of excellence, craftmanship and artistry, and the masterpiece that will result of this collaborative work will surely be unique and exceptional.

Silvio Denz, Lalique Chairman and CEO

Currently, in the development stage, the car is part of the company’s Legends Reborn programme which blends traditional craftsmanship and modern-day engineering technologies to breathe new life into past icons. The process transforms elegant vehicles of the past into timeless masterpieces of the future.

The hand-made crystal products are produced at Lalique’s factory in Wingen-sur-Moder in Alsace, France, where, like its Italian counterparts, its team of gifted artisans marry traditional skills of the past and modern-day technology to create stunning and unique works of art.

The ultimate luxury car will be presented later this year. More on Yakymour soon. Come into the beautiful world of Ares Design and Lalique.

Coachbuilt Ares Design Panther is tribute to De Tomaso Pantera

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Following many enticing teasers and a camouflaged prototype, Modena-based Ares Design has revealed the Panther ProgettoUno – as it’s now known – coachbuilt supercar in final production specification.

Ares Design Panther Resurrects De Tomaso Pantera As 641HP Coachbuilt Huracan

The first product of Ares Design’s ‘Legends Reborn’ program may be named and styled after the legendary Tom Tjaarda designed 1970’s De Tomaso Pantera, but it is actually a Lamborghini at heart. Where the original Pantera brought together the best of two continents, the the retro-styled Panther ProgettoUno is entirely Italians. Instead of an American V8, this upcoming supercar has the same 5.2-liter V10 as the Lamborghini’s Huracan

In this application, however, the engine develops 650 PS (641 hp) at 8,250 rpm and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) at 6,500 rpm courtesy of a tuned ECU and exhaust system. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and electronically controlled Haldex AWD system stay the same.

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Despite packing 10 extra horses and the fact that it practically weighs the same (1,423 kg/3,137 lbs vs. 1,422 kg/3,134 lbs), the Panther is 0.2 seconds slower from 0 to 100 km/h than the latest Huracan Evo, covering the sprint in 3.1 seconds. Top speed, on the other hand, is an identical 325 km/h (201 mph). The company ‘mainly modifies the engine characteristics, the calibration, the gearbox changing times and the way the gearbox changes and of course the exhaust system’ to give the driver a ‘more emotional and more passionate experience’.

The original Pantera and the modern-day donor car share broadly similar dimensions. The donor is considerably wider, but with a wheelbase that is only 12 centimetres longer than the original Pantera it is an ideal basis for the transformation.

Compared to the donor car, the Panther is longer and narrower, thus sporting distinct proportions. The shape of the doors is actually the only thing that gives away the Huracan origins of the bespoke supercar. All the body panels are made from carbon fiber, and the pop-up headlights feature full LED technology.

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Since we’re talking about a coachbuilt car, the interior is very different as well and only the digital cockpit reminds us of the Lambo. The cabin features handcrafted artisan interior panels in carbon fibre and leather, as well custom made Nappa leather and Alcantara upholstery. Obviously, Ares Design can fully tailor it to the customer’s wishes, no request or demand from the customer is too hard.

It is exquisitely constructed from carbon fibre and has a unique mix of traditional craftsmanship and modern engineering and manufacturing technologies.

The company will start delivering Panthers to customers at the end of May. If you’re interested, the modern-day De Tomaso Pantera will set you back €615,000 (about $695,000). Building one car takes Ares Design three months, so you’ll have to be patient as well as wealthy.

With cars like the Panther ProgettoUno, it will be more beautiful on the roads. But for us, ‘simple people’, the only way to admire the car ‘live’ is to go to events like Villa d’Este or Goodwood Festival of Speed. Come into the wonderful world of Ares Design.

 

 

 

 

 

Haute automobile: Bentley Mulsanne Ares Coupé

With its Coupé, made upon the superbe Mulsanne sedan base, Ares Design brings the sporty elegance of the Bentley’s two-door grand tourers back to life. A new chapter in the long history of collaborations between historic English manufacturers and Italian coachbuilders, a story that is now almost a hundred years old.

In the finest tradition of handcrafted bespoke coach-building, Ares Design has crafted this stunning two-door Coupé for Bentley Mulsanne, based on Bentley’s four-door saloon.

Throughout the 20th century Bentley was one of the most popular marques for coachbuilders so it’s perhaps fitting that Ares Design chose Bentley’s four-door Mulsanne as the basis for this spectacular recreation of a Bentley Coupé. Using cutting-edge 21st century techniques Ares Design has created an exquisite Bentley Coupe for the modern era.

The Bentley Mulsanne Ares Coupé will be built in extremely limited numbers for customers who appreciate Bentley’s British style but would like a bespoke Italian handcrafted creation. Carrying out such a comprehensive reimagining of the classic vehicle is a formidable task but, by creatively fusing modern and traditional methods, Ares Design has built a stunning, exclusive vehicle.

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Before the physical work began, Ares Design carried out a full three- dimensional scan of the four-door Mulsanne and, once this data had been processed, it provided the basis for Ares to complete the necessary CAD work on the car. Extensive computer modelling resulted in a new look for the Coupé, with a significantly more graceful roof-line and re-profiled C-pillars integrating seamlessly into its rear wing structure.

The angle of the rear window has been adjusted and a new section of the rear deck between the base of the window and the original boot lid was constructed.
As a result of the attention to detail put into the project, the whole conversion of the Bentley Mulsanne Coupé carries full TüV approval.

With its Coupé, Ares Design has utilised the time-honoured principles of coachbuilding to transform Bentley’s Mulsanne into a unique and desirable Coupé that offers the most exceptional level of craftsmanship. The conversion process included moving the B-pillar further back to facilitate the fitment of longer front doors. New rear quarter panels were fabricated from aluminium while the extended doors and the entire central roof panel were constructed from the finest grade carbon fibre.

Fresh chrome surrounds were required for the re-profiled rear windows and roof line while bespoke glass units were commissioned. In its final form, the Coupé is lighter and has better aerodynamics than the original four-door. Also thanks to an Ares Design performance upgrade, the two-door Mulsanne performs as well as its stunning good looks suggest.

Interior

Inside the Bentley Mulsanne Ares Coupé, extensive changes have been made to accommodate the two-door configuration. Bespoke front seats are installed to allow entry and egress to the rear seats and the front seats are trimmed to match the rest of the interior. Unique modifications have been carried out to the rear door trim panels to fit the coupe body style.

By not altering the wheelbase it allowed the Bentley Mulsanne Coupé to have the sleek, elegant design of a true grand tourer, while maintaining the first-class comfort of a sedan. Designed with the most modern technologies, crafted with the best materials, created for the most demanding connoisseurs.

The sporty look of the new, two-door body pleasantly contrasts with the typical, luxurious interior design of the Bentley Mulsanne. Aluminium, wood, leather, carbon fiber: the driving environment can be completely trimmed and customized, for a truly bespoke experience. What do you think of: a front screen infotainment system with 8“ high-resolution screen; satellite radio; a Mulsanne audio system with 14 speakers, two subwoofers, powered through six channels, with digital sound processing.

The stage is set in Monaco: from today until Saturday 29th, you will be able to see the Bentley Mulsanne Ares Coupé, and many other creations from their Factory in the Car Deck of 2018 Monaco Yacht Show!

Come into the beautiful world of Ares Design, Engineers of Emotions.