Ares Design Looks To Fix All That’s Wrong with the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette
Looks like the C8 ’Vette is already a suitable platform for such ample conversionsby Tudor Rus, on LISTEN 02:33
It’s one thing to have the likes of Callaway turn your Corvette into a shooting brake or simply slap it with a widebody kit and it’s a whole different affair to turn the coupe into an out-and-out speedster.
That said, Ares Design doesn’t seem to get any rest when it comes to tweaking the C8 Corvette. The tuner’s latest project is all about turning the C8 Corvette into a sleek and quick speedster.
Enter the Ares S1 Project Spyder
res says it created the S1 Project Spyder to bring the experience of driving a supercar back to a more authentic and visceral level.
What does this entail in the car that we’ll hopefully see on the road soon? For starters, the lack of a roof and windshield.
To make up for the ‘loss’ Ares designers came up with two wind deflectors that pop up from the sleek all-carbon-fiber, barchetta-style bodywork to redirect air over the occupants and into the intakes behind the headrests. Basically, the driver and the one sitting in the passenger seat are covered by an invisible stream of air while the car is moving.
On the inside, the Project Spyder is a radical departure from the Chevrolet C8 Corvette. Ares says the cockpit is going to be handcrafted and beautified with Nappa leather and Alcantara.
From what we can tell from the press photos, the driver and the passenger will be individually encapsulated and separated from each other by a high median tunnel.
There’s no central display either, but a touchpad of sorts that lets the occupants interact with the multimedia setup.
What powers this thing?
We’re told that Ares will keep the C8’s naturally-aspirated mid-mounted V-8. Not without adding its own twist, that is. The tuner has come up with a bespoke exhaust system and a retuned ECU that bump up the 6.2-liter V-8’s power output to 700 horsepower (522 kW, 715 PS).
Power will still go to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox and Ares believes that’s enough to blast the S1 Project Spyder from 0 to 100 kph (96 mph) in 2.7 seconds.
Ares’ plans include a limited run of just 24 units, but a price tag is yet to be announced. We reckon it could be north of $1 million.
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