Italian coachbuilder ARES has revealed the S1 Project Spyder, a new roofless version of their first-ever supercar. Only 24 will be produced with the order book open now.
Earlier this year at the annual Salon Privé at Blenheim Palace, Italian coachbuilder ARES Design launched the S1 Project, its first-ever supercar designed entirely from the ground up. Now in the wake of its successful introduction to the market, ARES has decided to follow up with the roofless ARES S1 Project Spyder.
The S1 Project Spyder is rear wheel drive and powered by a naturally aspirated V8. Credit: ARES Design
“We had always planned a Spyder version of the S1 Project 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,” shared Dany Bahar, ARES Co-Founder. “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.”
Described as a hypercar design, with supercar performance and a sports car price tag, the initial ARES S1 Project created a dramatically low-profile silhouette. It is the same profile that the hand-crafted barchetta version is based upon.
Like it’s roofed sibling, the rear-wheel drive Spyder will be limited to only 24 vehicles and features the same naturally aspirated V8 engine and 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, capable of a maximum of 8,800rpm, producing an anticipated 0-62mph(0-100kph) in 2.7s and maximum power of 522kw (715hp).
Wind deflectors redirect air current over the passengers and into intakes above the headrests. Credit: ARES Design
Following in the footsteps of models like the Ferrari SP1 and McLaren Elva, the S1 Project Spyder does away with the windscreen and instead utilizes two carbon fiber wind deflectors. These work to redirect the air current over the passengers and into the air intakes behind the headrests, creating a virtual canopy around the passengers for maximum comfort when driving.
Inside, the ARES S1 Project Spyder shares the same elegant lines throughout the Alcantara cabin and is finished in Napa leather with carbon fiber and aluminum elements. The HM1 (Human-Machine Interface) is still found within the center console and dashboard.
Although no prices have been revealed yet, the S1 project was in the ballpark of €500k as an indication and ARES Design have revealed only twenty-four units will be built to order, with order books already open.