We’ve seen our fair share of pocket rockets, but this one seems readily available to bring FTL (faster than light) travel to the streets – with some Italian flavor.
Fiat’s engineers have dialed and trialed extensive mods for the 500 Abarth, but most likely they never envisioned it wearing 405 horsepower (320 kilowatts). But fret not, Germany’s Pogea Racing has an encompassing aftermarket program and builds the car almost from the ground up – renaming it to Ares. And yes, the 500 is only complete with this carbon fiber widebody kit. Actually, Pogea hasn’t swapped the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder to a Ferrari V8 for the Ares, with the little engine pushed to those 405 hp and 328 pound-feet (445 Newton-meters). No standard issue components are left, we believe, as it features forged pistons, a larger turbo, a new camshaft, reinforced valve springs, higher flow fuel injectors, and parts for improved cooling.
The five-speed manual transmission housing has been reinforced, the clutch has been modified, and there’s also an aluminum flywheel fitted in to make sure the gearbox can take the torture. “In order to realize this project, hardly a screw remained untouched over the 4 years of development,” company founder Eduard Pogea said when he revealed the Ares. The project is capable of steaming to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 4.1 seconds and can then top out at 179 miles per hour (288 kilometers per hour). The carbon fiber body kit consists of… carbon fiber for the bumpers, fenders, hood, mirror caps, and roof spoiler – and there’s also six-piston brake calipers and a KW Clubsport suspension.