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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.