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    Built on a C8 chassis with C8 engine and DCT.

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    This is the most interesting part of the article for most of us:

    So, a 6.2-litre n/a V8 producing 705bhp at 6,450rpm, 715lb ft of torque at 5,150rpm and revving to 9,000rpm. There’s an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox, rear-wheel drive and a limited-slip diff. No top speed figure yet, but Bahar suggests 0–62mph in 2.6 seconds according to simulations. Quite fast enough.

    The hawk-eyed Vette fans among you will have spotted that 705bhp figure is over 200bhp more than the standard C8, without a turbo or supercharger in sight. How? “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,” says Bahar. He adds: “The sound it makes takes inspiration from old F1 V10s, very high tonality.” Which all points towards this being the new flat-plane crank V8 from the much-rumoured Z06. Has Ares inadvertently revealed the Z06 specs before GM was ready? Time will tell.
    Here's the complete article from TopGear.com: https://www.topgear.com/car-news/fir...based-supercar

    Ten years after he memorably introduced five new Lotuses to the world in one greedy hit, Dany Bahar has slimmed down his ambitions. No longer the CEO of Norfolk’s premier carriage maker, he’s now based in Modena, Italy – the boss of Ares, an atelier building its reputation on bespoke one-offs and its Legends Reborn series (modern supercars reclothed in garb inspired by icons of the past). See his Panther ProgettoUno homage to the De Tomaso Pantera, it’s quite the thing.

    We caught up with Dany to discuss his latest project, the audacious piece of supercar design your eyes are currently scanning in disbelief. Called the Ares S Project, it’s a limited-run supercar that doesn’t look to the past for ideas; it’s an object all of its own. Sort of. You see, while the extreme cab-forward stance, bulging carbon bodywork and unique interior is entirely the work of Ares’ in-house design team, the aluminium chassis, V8 engine, dual-clutch gearbox and electronic architecture are all from the new mid-engined C8 Corvette.

    “We are not a car company that needs to develop technology if there’s already much better items out there to buy off the shelf,” says Bahar. “You take something and simply work like a plastic surgeon and change everything that you can touch and see, every button – our objective is you should have no idea it’s a C8 underneath.”

    Mission accomplished, we’d say. And before you dismiss this as a quick and dirty attempt to cash in on the minted, supercar buying elite desperate for their next fix of newness, some quite careful thought has gone into how it’s pitched.

    “We did a lot of research into the market, and everyone wants to be the fastest, the lightest, the loudest, blah blah blah. We wanted a simple car to drive, a car that’s fun,” Bahar explains. “Many of the customers we spoke to were scared to drive their LaFerraris, Nio EP9s and Koenigseggs, because they are so powerful that driving them isn’t a pleasure anymore.”

    No heavy, complicated hybrids here, then. “We went back to origins, to a naturally aspirated, high-revving V8 engine with a dual-clutch transmission – you don’t need to be a racing driver to manage a car like this.”

    So, a 6.2-litre n/a V8 producing 705bhp at 6,450rpm, 715lb ft of torque at 5,150rpm and revving to 9,000rpm. There’s an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox, rear-wheel drive and a limited-slip diff. No top speed figure yet, but Bahar suggests 0–62mph in 2.6 seconds according to simulations. Quite fast enough.

    The hawk-eyed Vette fans among you will have spotted that 705bhp figure is over 200bhp more than the standard C8, without a turbo or supercharger in sight. How? “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,” says Bahar. He adds: “The sound it makes takes inspiration from old F1 V10s, very high tonality.” Which all points towards this being the new flat-plane crank V8 from the much-rumoured Z06. Has Ares inadvertently revealed the Z06 specs before GM was ready? Time will tell.

    Bahar tells us the project began with a simple brief: “Hypercar design, supercar performance, sports car price.” We’ll give you two out of three there, Dany, because while €500k a pop might be cheaper than your retro recreations, it’s a hell of lot more than any ‘sports car’ we’ve seen. The S Project will have rarity on its side though, with only 24 coupes being built over the next two years – first deliveries at the end of 2020. More derivatives of the ‘S’ will follow, along with two other unique, more affordable, models “all still in the area of sports cars.” Perhaps Bahar’s ambition hasn’t slimmed after all, he’s simply learned to pace himself.


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    SunKissed, my 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible (One of about 40)

    Purchased 5/2/2015,
    >36,000 miles

    Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club. Check us out http://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org

    Never grow up - It's a trap.

  • #2
    That's one wild looking sports car 👀
    Arctic White 2LT, G8G, HUL, F9, AH2, 5ZZ, E60, STI, SHW J6F, Q8Q, RCC, Z51, ZYC.

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    • #3
      Well, let's see. $80K or so for a stock C8, half a million Euros for this. Decisions, decisions.....
      SunKissed, my 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible (One of about 40)

      Purchased 5/2/2015,
      >36,000 miles

      Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club. Check us out http://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org

      Never grow up - It's a trap.

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      • #4
        If there is no live rear view, why is it even legal, much less $500,00. Cameras are secondary.

        A performance car, super car etc., should prioritize outward visibility. 360 degree. That should be the start point and build from that start point.

        ps: That makes the McLaren 720S the best design that is out there. Got it right.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by SheepDog View Post
          If there is no live rear view, why is it even legal, much less $500,00. Cameras are secondary.

          A performance car, super car etc., should prioritize outward visibility. 360 degree. That should be the start point and build from that start point.

          ps: That makes the McLaren 720S the best design that is out there. Got it right.
          500,000 Euros. Almost $600,000 dollars.
          SunKissed, my 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible (One of about 40)

          Purchased 5/2/2015,
          >36,000 miles

          Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club. Check us out http://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org

          Never grow up - It's a trap.

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          • #6
            24 of its owners will be thrilled to have it; might they even brag to their exotic-owning friends that it is based on a Corvette C8?
            GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 22 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by John View Post
              24 of its owners will be thrilled to have it; might they even brag to their exotic-owning friends that it is based on a Corvette C8?
              Probably not. LOL.
              SunKissed, my 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible (One of about 40)

              Purchased 5/2/2015,
              >36,000 miles

              Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club. Check us out http://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org

              Never grow up - It's a trap.

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