Modena design house applies classic De Tomaso Pantera look to modern V10 base
Sam Sheehan
12 December 2017

Ares Design has produced a Lamborghini Huracán-based supercar that features a drastically altered retro design with pop-up headlights.

The Modena design house, which is headed by former Lotus boss Dany Bahar, is producing the model as the first of several custom design creations that use the Huracán’s platform. The process has been named Project Panther.

Influence for the car’s design comes from the De Tomaso Pantera, an exotic Italian supercar that was produced from 1971. Its fold-down headlights and rear buttresses are clear nods to that car’s shape, but the Panther receives modern touches such as large-diameter wheels and handle-free doors. It also features Pirelli P Zero rubber wearing Formula 1-inspired coloured strips.

Beneath its coachbuilt body, the Panther uses the Huracán's underpinnings and V10 engine - which is the sole mass-produced unit to use 10 cylinders in production. Although no power output has been revealed at this stage, it is expected to beat the Lamborghini’s entry 572bhp output with mechanical upgrades.

Ares Design will produce Panther models at its recently announced facility in Modena, Italy, from early next year. No volume limit has been announced, but expect the numbers to be very small due to the complex nature of custom production and the need for exclusivity from buyers.

The Modena site will also handle production of Ares’ growing range of offerings, which recently gianed Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Bentley Mulsanne-based models. Bahar’s company is also creating 53 bespoke Land Rover Defenders alongside British engineering firm JE MotorWorks.

“Our new facility in Modena works perfectly for the growing market of special requests from car enthusiasts and Project Panther is the first of a portfolio of cars – and other surprises - that we will be presenting at an official opening in January,” revealed Bahar.

Although it sits atop Ares’ range for now, the Panther could be overtaken with a higher-ranking model within 12 months. Bahar is plotting to become a global leader in bespoke car creations, with Ares expanding to incorporate the complete process of custom car production. Bahar said “there is much more to come” in 2018.

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12 December 2017

Successful retro design should be about reinterpretation not copy of the original (VW Beetle, BMW Mini, Ford Thunderbird, Alpine A110 etc.)

This comes very close to being a mere copy of the original, a kind of creative degree zero and therefore pointless. 

12 December 2017
abkq wrote:

Successful retro design should be about reinterpretation not copy of the original (VW Beetle, BMW Mini, Ford Thunderbird, Alpine A110 etc.)

This comes very close to being a mere copy of the original, a kind of creative degree zero and therefore pointless. 

What else could you expect from this waste of space?

12 December 2017

that gimmick that would grace many super cars' front end, for instance as a replacement for McLaren's bi-focals look. Have it 'dual-function' as air brakes, raising triple in height, in case of an emergency stop.

12 December 2017
Autocar wrote:

Ares Design has produced a Lamborghini Huracán-based supercar

When you say has produced, did you mean that or did you mean is aspiring to produce.

If they had produced it, I would have expected to see photographs of the actual car rather than rederings of a Bahar pipedream.

12 December 2017

Seconded !

12 December 2017

Dam you two both beat me to this observation.  

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

12 December 2017
A manual box would distinguish it.

12 December 2017

would also distinguish it.

12 December 2017

Although this is a feeble attempt and doesn't take the Pantera design anywhere like as far as it should just seeing something that isn't as horrible as that McLaren 'thing' is a welcome treat for the eyes.

A good designer would have done this WAY better. This is little more than the original with modern wheels and tyres, tighter shutlines and no chrome. The crease on the door is extremely clumsy just looks off.

I would love to see what a proper designer would do as a modern take on the Pantera. 

12 December 2017

But I understand Panterast that still exist needed considerable re-engineering by owners, to do what De Tomaso ought to have done in the first place, i.e. properly sort it out.

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