If so, the original designer will be entitled to sue.
Haven't heard of the Ares S Project? Here's a quick recap of what we know so far: it's essentially a Corvette Stingray C8 in fresh clothing, utilizing the same engine and transmission as that car, but with more power and much more style. While Vette enthusiasts have speculated that the S Project may actually be powered by the forthcoming Z06, what's more interesting right now is that Allcarnews has just released a clip indicating that the S Project may not have been the work of in-house design artists, as originally claimed. After SSC was accused of faking its top speed run, hypercar manufacturers are under greater scrutiny than ever.
As you'll note from the above video, the design of the Ares S is very similar to a theoretical concept penned by Gilsung Park of what future Porsches could look like. This design study was covered by us back in 2015, but Ares claims that its design is all-new and original. If that's the case, then there are an alarming number of similarities between the two vehicles. If it's not the case, and the original designer decides to sue, Ares could be in very hot water.
With Ares offering its new supercar at a base price of around $600,000, it'd be quite difficult to get out of paying any royalties too.
Looking at the side-by-side comparisons of the lines of each car, it's really difficult to imagine that the S Project is not a copy, but there's another plausible explanation too. The 'original' designer, @park_creations on Instagram, hasn't made any comments about the Ares design just yet, so what if Ares hired him? That would explain his silence, as well as why Ares could claim that the design was crafted in-house. We'll have to wait and see how this unfolds, but at present, Ares hasn't responded to the accusations yet either. Here's hoping that if Ares is in the wrong, it does the right thing and generously compensates Park, before this becomes a drawn-out legal matter.