Why is Ares Design calling their new limited-run retro-roadster Wami Lalique Spyder? Possibly they thought Panther, the title of their Huracán-based DeTomaso Pantera tribute, was simply too simple to pronounce. Whereas the Wami Lalique Spyder’s title would not 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 automotive 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 under a cloud. Ares opened its doorways in 2014 and commenced modifying high-end automobiles for the super-rich. Undertaking Panther was their most in depth challenge till the Wami Lalique Spyder was introduced.
The form of the Wami (as we predict it should be recognized to its mates) is not based mostly on anyone specific automobile, however it’s clearly influenced by… properly, just about each European sports activities automotive of the 1950s. 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 1950s touches just like the wire wheels, straight chrome exhaust pipes, and bumper overriders.
The Lalique within the title comes from the French glassmaker, recognized for his or her suave crystal creations, perfumes, and different costly doo-dads ($72 scented candle, anybody?). True to the title, 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, which retracts into the sprint in order to not harsh the 1950s buzz.
Ares has stated nothing about what is going on on underneath that stunning physique work, although we hope like loopy the Ferrari/Audi A8-style gated shifter is indicative of a guide transmission. (Although whether it is, and assuming the automotive has the aptitude 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 $600ok), we’re positive will probably be no less than barely costlier than a Fiat 124 Spyder.