Why is Ares Design calling their new limited-run retro-roadster Wami Lalique Spyder? Perhaps they thought Panther, the identify of their Huracán-based DeTomaso Pantera tribute, was simply too straightforward to pronounce. Whereas the Wami Lalique Spyder’s identify doesn’t precisely roll off the tongue—as a substitute it will get caught up there, flops round a bit, then falls to the ground with a powerful thud—these computerized renderings present the automobile itself to be a piece of mid-century-inspired artwork.
For these unfamiliar, Ares Design is an Italian concern began by Dany Bahar, finest often known as the previous chief of Lotus, the place he carried out a six-model vaporware program then left below a cloud. Ares opened its doorways in 2014 and started modifying high-end automobiles for the super-rich. Venture Panther was their most intensive venture till the Wami Lalique Spyder was introduced.
The form of the Wami (as we expect it must be identified to its buddies) isn’t based mostly on anybody explicit car, however it’s clearly influenced by… effectively, just about each European sports activities automobile of the Nineteen Fifties. We see traces of AC Ace, Alfa-Romeo 6C, Aston-Martin DB2, and maybe only a trace of Allard K3 in its aluminum and carbon-fiber physique—and people are simply those that begin with A. Whereas there’s greater than a whiff of Mitsuoka in that slightly-longer-than-necessary entrance finish, we do love the basic Nineteen Fifties touches just like the wire wheels, straight chrome exhaust pipes, and bumper overriders.
The Lalique within the identify comes from the French glassmaker, identified for his or her clever crystal creations, perfumes, and different costly doo-dads ($72 scented candle, anybody?). True to the identify, the Wami Lalique Spyder can have “hand-made crystal gildings” to go with its English oak dashboard and handcrafted Italian upholstery. The one nod to modernity is a centrally-located infotainment display screen, which retracts into the sprint in order to not harsh the Nineteen Fifties buzz.
Ares has stated nothing about what’s occurring below that stunning physique work, although we hope like loopy the Ferrari/Audi A8-style gated shifter is indicative of a handbook transmission. (Although whether it is, and assuming the automobile has the potential to maneuver itself backwards, there are solely gates for 5 ahead speeds.)
Our probabilities (and yours) of really driving a Wami Lalique Spyder are fairly slim, as Ares Design will solely construct a dozen examples. And whereas pricing has not been introduced, however with Panthers priced within the £450,000 vary (round $600k), we’re certain it is going to be at the very least barely dearer than a Fiat 124 Spyder.
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