Ares Project Panther: De Tomaso Pantera comeback

Ares Project Panther
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A res Design from Modena sees itself as a modern coachbuilder, wants to implement customer requests and make automotive dreams come true. One of those dreams is the revival of the legendary De Tomaso Pantera. However, since Ares focuses on body construction, an adequate technology platform had to be found for the project. Here, the Italians chose the Lamborghini Huracan with its 5.2 liter V10 engine. With around 650 hp, it should provide a sprint time of 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 325 km /h. A seven-speed dual clutch transmission is standard on board. The original Pantera was always equipped with a Ford V8 in combination with rear-wheel drive.

Body made of carbon fiber laminate

The 4.67 meter long, 1.98 meter wide and 1.19 meter high Ares Panther is set to become a future classic and its design is based strongly on the historical model - spiced up with a large front spoiler, wide side skirts and a lush gear train. In terms of dimensions, it will exceed the length of the donor Lamborghini by 10 centimeters - four of them are on the front overhang, 6 on the rear overhang. To keep the proportions right, the windshield moves 10 centimeters further back. An additional roll cage should ensure stability. The new body made of carbon fiber laminate reduces the weight by around 100 kilograms. Ares reports 1,423 kilograms dry. On board are also pop-up headlights. The Ares Panther rolls on 20 inch rims with 255/30 tires at the front. At the rear, 21 inchers with 325/25 tires are mounted. The brake system uses carbon-ceramic discs.

The Huracan is clearly recognizable in the interior, but Ares has customized the interior according to customer requirements.

Only 21 copies are to be built. But they should already be largely reserved. Production of the Ares Panther started in October 2018. The construction time is estimated at 12 weeks. The first copies should roll out from May 2019 2019 to customers who have paid at least 615,000 euros plus tax for the exclusive sports car.

Other legendary sports cars are to be added to the Panther as part of the “Legends Reborn” series Icons are being reissued. Ares Design has not yet revealed which ones.

Behind Ares Design is ex-Lotus top manager Dany Bahar, who mercilessly failed with his expansion plans with the British.


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