Ares S1 Project gets Spyder variant

Missed one of the 24 S1 Coupes? Best get your name down for one of 24 Spyders!

By Matt Bird / Wednesday, October 28, 2020

It seems like barely a week passes at the moment without news of another extremely limited run, extremely impractical supercar speedster. Which is fine by us, because cars with more than 700hp and no roof are an awful lot more interesting than plug-in SUVs. Welcome to the latest, the Ares S1 Project Spyder.

The Ares conforms to many of the criteria laid out by similar cars that we've seen over the past couple of years. Very few will be made (just 24, like the Project coupe), it will be enormously powerful (715hp) and the entire windscreen and roof arrangement has been swapped for a couple of wind deflectors that look like PPE as much as anything fit for a car. Ares claims that they work very well for redirecting air, though, creating "a virtual canopy and a calm yet unfiltered driving experience." We'll have to take their word on that for now. You'd assume that "calm" is a relative term when it comes to a supercar with a 9,000rpm V8 aboard…

Though only renders for the moment, this Ares Spyder shows that even a car as dramatic as the S1 Project is only made to look more exhilarating without a roof. The rear arch seems almost level with those wind deflectors, and the wheel size as a proportion of overall vehicle height is preposterously brilliant.

Besides the obvious changes, the Spyder is as you were for the Coupe; that means an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, carbon bodywork, and an interior dominated by a central stack, a feature that now serves as an even more dramatic line between two exposed passengers. Dany Bahar has said of his latest creation that a Spyder was always part of the Project S1 plan, and that the car "is a true tribute to the pleasure of sport driving". If the looks and the spec of the S1 Project Spyder are anything to go by, that's going to be a very hard claim to refute. More details when we have them.

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