If you really wanted to nail a recreation of a classic model for your collection, now it might be a great time to pay a visit to the Modena headquarters of Ares Design, which has recently unveiled the first working prototype of Project Panther.
As the name implies, we’re dealing with a recreation of the very classic De Tomaso Pantera, and Project Panther easily lives up to the task of reimagining for the modern day the well known Italian sports car. This is also another example how coachbuilding is a thing again – underneath the metal resides the Lamborghini Huracan but with completely new bodywork penned by Ares Design, the company having a major name in the industry attached to it – former Lotus CEO Dany Bahar. The new version is now a lot wider than the iconic De Tomaso, but the wheelbase keeps the compact dimensions by being just 12 centimeters (4.7 inches) longer.
It’s also 10 cm (4 inches) longer than the original; 4 cm (1.6 inches) at the front and 6 cm (2.4 inches) longer at the rear, allowing for the designers to retain the well-known Pantera upswept rear profile. More so, while being true to its spiritual ancestor, the Project Panther is actually on par from the aerodynamic standpoint with the donor Lamborghini. There’s also a roll cage inside now to increase torsional rigidity by ten percent, while all of the body’s new panels have been designed and machined in-house by Ares Design out of light and strong carbon fiber. The interior keeps many of the elements from the donor model, but also brings details that hearken back to the original Pantera. The Project Panther will use the technical specifications of the Huracan, with power expected in the 640 to 660 hp range, but with a new titanium exhaust that is a direct tribute to the original and with a lower weight of around 100 kilograms (220 pounds).