The Italy-based car customization company Ares has revealed it plan on its Ares S Project supercar based on the platform of the C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
The first thing that grabs your attention is the design. Not only does it share nothing in common with the vehicle on what it is based but it also looks unlike anything else on the road. In fact, it looks more like a concept car than something that will actually be produced.
For starters, the front end is incredibly low and has massive wheel arches. The cabin is also low and compact, while the rear end is elongated and features tailpipes exiting directly out of the engine bay. The Ares S Project also has a single LED light bar out back with does have some resemblance to the one on the Bugatti Chiron.
While Ares Design could have simply called it a day with the shapely new exterior and left the Corvette parts untouched, it’s done quite the opposite. Speaking with Top Gear, Ares Design chief executive Dany Bahar revealed that the C8’s 6.2-liter V8 has been upgraded to 705 hp (526 kilowatts) at 6,450 rpm and 715 lb-ft (969 Nm) of torque at 5,150 rpm, all without forced induction. The engine also revs to 9,000 rpm and is mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, a limited-slip differential and rear-wheel drive.
Clearly, this isn’t the ‘Vette’s stock V8. Bahar isn’t saying what’s different, though. “That remains a secret between our supplier in the USA and us. It’s all mechanical modifications though, you can’t do this through software,” Bahar told Top Gear. “The sound it makes takes inspiration from old F1 V10s, very high tonality.”
Extracting an additional 200 hp (149 kW) out of the Corvette’s LT2 V8 and keeping it naturally aspirated and displacing 6.2 liters is going to be a real challenge. Plus, the claimed 9,000 rpm redline is 2,500 revs more than the existing version. The alleged specs indicate an extensive overhaul for the powerplant.
Deliveries of the Ares S Project are due to start in late 2020, meaning development is already quite advanced. Ares will build just 24 coupe versions, after which more derivatives will follow. Pricing starts at 500,000 euros (approximately $592,610).