Ares Goes Topless with the S1 Project Spyder

The McLaren Elva, the Ferrari Monza, the Aston Martin V12—all of these spectacular vehicles are roofless speedsters that are just as much works of art as they are engineering marvels. Now you can add the Ares S1 Project Spyder to that list of amazing automobiles. Building off of the success of the limited edition, rear-wheel drive, 705 horsepower, naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 S Project, Ares is taking on the roofless scene with a new project.

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Ares S1 Project Spyder dashboard

The Ares S1 Project Spyder is a roofless, windshield-less speedster based on the mid-engined C8 Corvette. But don’t assume that this is a standard Corvette engine. Dany Bahar, the former CEO of Lotus and the head of Ares, shared that a few “mechanical modifications” were made to the engine in order to get to that 715 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque goal.

A custom exhaust system rounds out the package, while the engine mates with an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. A small wind-deflecting screen protects occupants from the airflow, channeling it into slim air intakes located behind the headrests, creating what Ares is calling a “virtual canopy.” That protection is going to be needed considering that the Spyder can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 2.7 seconds.

Ares most likely also kept the double wishbone suspension as well as the forged aluminum axles from the coupe. No doubt Project Spyder will also share the Magnetic Ride Control with the coupe as well.

Ares S1 Project Spyder front

The interior of the Ares S1 Project Spyder is decked out in premium materials like Nappa leather and Alcantara. A central rib runs between the driver and the passenger compartments. On the tail end, a horizontal light strip runs the width with a large diffuser making up the bottom.

Ares is only planning on making 24 examples of the S1 Project Spyder, and they haven’t released any pricing information yet. The coupe version is priced at 500,000 euros, so you can expect at least that.

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Ares S1 Project Spyder front

Ares S1 Project Spyder

Ares S1 Project Spyder top

Ares S1 Project Spyder side

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