Ares Design, a styling house and coachbuilding company in Modena, Italy, has a client who wasn’t willing to wait for the next Tesla Roadster and commissioned the transformation of a Tesla Model S into a convertible.
The project entailed turning a 4-door sedan into a 2-door convertible with a reinforced body structure and a redesigned interior.
“To achieve the conversion, engineers cut away the roof and removed the rear doors and the B-pillars to facilitate new, longer front doors,” Ares Design said in its announcement revealing the car. “Centro Stile designed a new rear bonnet allowing space to integrate the roof when stowed.
“To finish, designers added a splash of Italian style with the fitment of a sleek ARES designed carbon fiber aero kit.”
With the roof removed, additional structural support was located in the body sides, floor and rear-seating area, Ares Design noted.
Meanwhile, the interior was upgraded with custom-made rear seats with hand-stitched ice-white leather and orange detailing.
“At ARES, our co-create philosophy allows clients to work side-by-side with our designers and engineers to create their very own bespoke vehicle,” company co-founder and chief executive Dany Bahar was quoted in the news release. “This Tesla project is a superb example of this; it was a pure coachbuilding project which we very much enjoy doing and seeing the results of our uncompromising standards.”
Launched in January 2018 by Bahar and Dubai-based chairman Waleed Al Ghafari, Ares touts itself as “engineers of emotions.”