With the Tesla Roadster delayed, Italian agency Ares Design determined to take issues into its personal fingers and construct its personal Tesla convertible—out of a Mannequin S sedan.
That is by no means the primary Tesla Mannequin S convertible conversion however, in pictures at the very least, the match and end appear to be a bit higher than some earlier efforts. Ares introduced the venture in early 2018, so it has been a very long time coming.
Granted, the conversion concerned intensive remodeling of the Mannequin S physique shell. Ares eliminated the roof, central pillars, and rear doorways, shortened the wheelbase. It then had so as to add structural reinforcement to compensate for the dearth of a roof, and fabricate new doorways.
The automotive was fitted with a power-folding delicate high, which tucks away below a tonneau cowl behind the rear seats. Because of the shortened wheelbase, these seats supply a bit much less legroom within the now two-door Mannequin S.
Ares additionally fitted the convertible with a carbon-fiber physique equipment, customized wheels, and a brand new leather-based inside in a mixture of white, grey, and orange. That mixture was recommended by the shopper who commissioned this construct, in response to Ares.
Tesla Mannequin S convertible conversion by Ares
Ares did not quote a value for this one-off construct. It makes a speciality of small-batch tasks together with, amongst different issues, a reimagined model of the DeTomaso Pantera supercar based mostly on trendy Lamborghini Huracán underpinnings, and the S1 Undertaking—a Chevrolet Corvette C8 with retro bodywork.
It is also fascinating to notice that Ares CEO is Danny Bahar, who briefly ran Group Lotus. There is a parallel right here, as Peter Rawlinson was chief engineer of Lotus Vehicles, earlier than transferring to Tesla and overseeing Mannequin S engineering. Rawlinson is now CEO of Lucid Motors, which is launching the Mannequin S-rivalling Air luxurious sedan.
There have been many noteworthy Tesla conversions, however in all probability the best-known one within the U.S. has been the “Truckla” Model 3 pickup conversion made in 2019.
Consumers unwilling to chop up an present automotive could have to attend awhile for a brand new convertible Tesla. The second-generation Tesla Roadster was revealed in 2017, and due in 2020, however the deadline got here and went with none actual remark from the corporate.
Throughout a quarterly monetary name in July 2020, Tesla CEO Elon Musk hinted that after Mannequin Y manufacturing begins at a brand new Texas manufacturing unit (alongside the Cybertruck pickup), Tesla’s Fremont, California, manufacturing unit will assemble the Roadster.