We figure the C8 will be the launching point for a lot of custom shops.
The latest to join the fun is ARES Design, the luxury coachbuilder based in Modena, Italy.
After revealing in September it will build 24 samples of its S1 Project coupe, ARES just announced it will also be producing a limited edition run of 24 more S1 Project Spyders, based on the new mid-engine Corvette.
The company says the S1 Project was created “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” and in the process also “create a car that was pure emotion.”
One look at the renderings will no doubt leave many enthusiasts saying “Mission accomplished,” and best of all if you have the mega-bucks, ARES says the order books are already open.
The Spyder is definitely one cool-looking car, especially with the absence of a windscreen and roof. The company designed two wind deflectors that emerge from the streamlined bodywork to redirect the air current over the passengers into the air intakes behind the headrests, “creating a virtual canopy and a calm yet unfiltered driving experience,” the company says.
The hand-crafted interior features the highest-grade Napa leather and Alcantara, and the body features hand-crafted carbon fiber panels. ARES claims to have modified the naturally aspirated V8 engine (we assume the Corvette LT2) so that it can rev to a redline of 8,800 RPM while using its 715 horsepower to produce 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) times of 2.7 seconds. The Spyder also features an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, a new ARES-tuned ECU, a bespoke crafted exhaust system, double wishbone suspensions, forged aluminum axles, and adaptive Magnetic Ride Control.
“We had always planned a Spyder version of the S1 Project,” says Dany Bahar, ARES co-founder, “and since we revealed that car last month the reaction has been fantastic, so we are very pleased to release details of the S1 Project Spyder. We wanted to create a model that is a true tribute to the pleasure of sport driving. This new Barchetta version 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.”
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