Ares Design Project1
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ManufacturerAres Design
Also called
  • Project Panther
  • Ares Design Progettouno
AssemblyItaly: Modena (ARES Design Modena Srl)
DesignerMihai Panatescu
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style2-door coupé
LayoutLongitudinal, mid-engine, all-wheel-drive
PlatformVolkswagen Group Modular Sports System Platform
RelatedLamborghini Huracán
Engine5.2 L Lamborghini V10
Transmission7-speed dual-clutch
Wheelbase2,620 mm (103.1 in)
Length4,668 mm (183.8 in)
Width1,977 mm (77.8 in)
Height1,185 mm (46.7 in)
Kerb weight1,423 kg (3,137 lb)
PredecessorDe Tomaso Pantera (spiritual)

The Ares Design Project1 is a coach-built sports car manufactured by Italian automobile manufacturer Ares Design. Based on the Lamborghini Huracán, the car is meant to be a modern reinterpretation of the De Tomaso Pantera.


Initially called "Project Panther", the car was introduced in concept form in 2017.[1] The name of the car was later revealed to be Project1 at its public debut in 2019. It is the first model in the company's "Legends Reborn" series. The car is based on the rolling chassis of the Lamborghini Huracán and features a retro style carbon fibre body harking back to the De Tomaso Pantera. Although the resulting car is wider than the original Pantera, the wheelbase is only 12 centimetres longer, helping the car retain most proportions of the Pantera. A notable feature of the exterior of the car is the use of pop-up headlamps having LED projector lights, the first use of pop-up headlights in a new production car since the Chevrolet Corvette (C5) and Lotus Esprit were discontinued in 2004.[2][3][4]

The engine has been tuned by Ares Design and has a power output of 650 PS (478 kW; 641 hp) and 599 N⋅m (442 lb⋅ft) of torque by installing a new ECU and a new exhaust system. The car retains the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and the all-wheel-drive system from the donor car but the transmission has been reworked in order to allow for a more direct response.[5]

The exhaust system has been designed to deliver a more enhanced engine noise. The Project1 uses carbon ceramic brakes and callipers (four pistons at the front, six pistons at the rear) from Brembo with forged aluminium Vossen wheels measuring 20-inch at the front and 21-inch at the rear wrapped in Pirelli tyres measuring 255/30 R20 at the front and 325/25 R21 at the rear.

The interior of the car has been completely redesigned and now features a retro design. It is upholstered in Nappa leather/Alcantara and has carbon fibre trim. It will be customised according to the customer specifications.[6][7]


Manufacturer Estimates
The Project1 can accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds and can attain a top speed of over 325 km/h (202 mph).[2][8]


The Project1 will be built at the company's factory in Modena, Italy and production will be limited to 21 units, all of which have already been sold. The estimated time of production of each car will be 12 weeks.[9]


  1. ^ Pattni, Vijay (2017-12-12). "'Project Panther' is a new Italian supercar with a Lambo base". Top Gear. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  2. ^ a b Perez, Jeff (2019-03-14). "Ares Panther Is A Proper 641-HP Tribute To The Pantera". Motor1. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  3. ^ Morand, Samuel (2019-03-15). "Ares Design Project 1: Modern Pantera". Motor Legend (in French). Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  4. ^ Harris, Aisha (2013-10-22). "Whatever Happened to Pop-Up Headlights?". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  5. ^ Ochoa, Antonio Ramos (2019-03-14). "ARES DESIGN PROJECT 1: HOMENAJE AL DE TOMASO PANTERA CON CORAZÓN LAMBORGHINI" (in Spanish). Car and Driver. Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  6. ^ Vijayenthiran, Viknesh (2019-03-14). "Retro done right: Project 1 channels the Pantera and 641 horsepower". Motor Authority. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  7. ^ Dafas, Benjamin (2019-03-14). "Ares Design Project 1 : Une réinterprétation moderne de la DeTomaso Pantera". Automobile-Magazine (in French). Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  8. ^ Mihalascu, Bydan (2019-03-14). "Ares Design Panther Resurrects De Tomaso Pantera As 641HP Coachbuilt Huracan". CarScoops. Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  9. ^ Ramsey, Jonathan (2019-03-15). "Ares Design Panther a worthy tribute to the De Tomaso Pantera". Autoblog. Retrieved 2019-03-17.