Meet the Ares S1 Project Spyder.
In this modern era where cars no longer revolve around a chassis with a removable body, coachbuilding has become a lost art. Despite this, Italian coachbuilder Ares Design has managed to offer a few stunning creations based on some of today's best sports cars. The Ares Panther pays homage to the De Tomaso Pantera and uses Lamborghini Huracan underpinnings while the Ares S1 Project is based on the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette.
Now Ares has revealed a roofless version of the S1 Project called the S1 Project Spyder. Like the coupe, the spyder takes advantage of Corvette underpinnings with a 6.2-liter V8 engine mounted mid-ship. But unlike the Corvette, which makes do with 495 horsepower, Ares tuned the V8 to produce a whopping 715 hp delivered to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Not only does the S1 Project Spyder produce more power than the Vette, but it revs higher too. The V8 now reaches an Italian supercar-rivaling 8,800 rpm on its way to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds. What's more amazing, Ares Design has pulled off this power increase without resorting to supercharging or turbocharging.
"We created S1 Project to bring the experience of driving a supercar back to a more authentic and visceral level, an experience that uses today's technologies and materials to rediscover sensations of yesteryear," says Dany Bahar, co-founder of Ares Design. "But that wasn't enough for us: we wanted to create something even more essential, direct and unfiltered. We wanted to create a car that was pure emotion."
Just like the coupe, the Corvette underpinnings are surrounded by bespoke carbon-fiber bodywork; now, you can enjoy the beauty without a windshield or roof. Ares Design included two wind deflectors, which act as virtual canopies to direct airflow over the car. The Corvette's interior already feels top-notch, but Ares crafted a unique cabin that looks bespoke.
Ares will only build 24 examples of the S1 Project Spyder, and it will likely cost more than the coupe, which is priced around $600,000.