Written by Tom Harrison

Good news, everyone - Ares Design"s homage to the DeTomaso Pantera has finally shed its psychedelic camouflage, and it looks just as good as we hoped it would. Deliveries of the Lamborghini-based Panther ProgettoUno, as it"s now known, will commence in May. This one. Between 60 and 70 will be delivered over the next five years. Company boss Dany Bahar - formerly of Red Bull, Ferrari and Lotus - tells us Ares has sold nine cars so far, to customers who haven"t driven or indeed really seen the finished article in the metal. "Once we have the car ready, which will be around three to four weeks time, I believe we will close our target [of 17 cars] for this year very, very soon," he says. Let"s go over the specs. The Panther ProgettoUno is based on the Lamborghini Huracan, sharing its engine and basic structure, but modifications have been extensive. Not to the engine, though. Bahar says Ares isn"t about outright power or speed, but "the pleasure of driving". He says the company "mainly modifies the engine characteristics, the calibration, the gearbox changing times and the way the gearbox changes and of course the exhaust system" to give the driver a "more emotional and more passionate experience".

Date written: 15 Mar 2019

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