If you happen to fancy some high quality top-down time in one thing carrying the official Tesla “T,” we’re afraid you are restricted to one of many unique Lotus-based Tesla Roadsters in used situation or ready—probably in useless—for the upcoming second-gen Roadster that is allegedly getting into manufacturing later this 12 months. It appears not everyone seems to be as affected person with their await a topless Tesla as nearly all of the Roadster 2.0’s current reservation holders. One moneyed Tesla fanatic labored with Modena-based automotive atelier Ares Design to crop the highest on their Model S, leading to a two-door, four-seat cabriolet that Tesla doesn’t and won’t construct.
Thoughts you, that is removed from the primary Tesla to go beneath the aftermarket Sawzall. A cursory Google seek for “Tesla Convertible Conversion” spews forth numerous Frankensteined Mannequin S’ and Mannequin 3s in various levels of success. A standard theme amongst these conversions is the retention of all 4 doorways, presumably as the price of a seamless two-door conversion was both wildly costly or past the capabilities of no matter customization store dealt with the present chop-jobs.
Not so with Ares Design. The unbiased coachbuilder has already proved itself fairly the steel shaper with a two-door model of the mighty Bentley Mulsanne, together with an in depth rework of a C8 Corvette into the extra Eurocentric S Venture supercar; a contemporary interpretation of the DeTomaso Pantera with the Panther ProgettoUno; and a fleet of modified Mercedes-Benz G-Wagens carrying unusually smoothed exteriors.
Apparently by no means one to show down a problem—or a fats test—the workshop fired up the air instruments for the Mannequin S conversion. As you may count on, shortening the door configuration from four- to two-doors is a sport of each enlargement and compression; the entrance doorways are lengthened and shaved for ‘vert responsibility, whereas the house for the rear doorways is now sheathed in bespoke bodywork. There are not any photos of the Ares’ Tesla with the roof up, but it surely’s stowed beneath a fabulously good-looking rear hood panel of Ares’ personal design.
Primarily based on the pictures and the outline supplied by the coachbuilder, consideration to element is spectacular. With the roof and B-pillars eliminated, further chassis reinforcement was crucial, so Ares buffed-up the side-member areas between the entrance seats and the rear passenger house. Total, it appears to be like remarkably OEM, because the Mannequin S form adapts to the roofless two-door therapy gracefully.
Since copious bundles of greenbacks—or maybe Euros—have been already being tossed round, the inside wears full customized upholstery, complemented by the addition of an Ares Design carbon fiber aero package, revised entrance and rear fasciae, and a set of good-looking five-spoke wheels. There isn’t any point out of any mechanical—er, electrical—upgrades, and we’re not aware of what trim of Mannequin S that is, however we would be stunned if the bottom automobile was something lower than the P100D.
For now, the Ares Design Tesla Mannequin S drop-top is a one-off, however now we have a sneaking suspicion Ares can be very happy to construct you one for those who liberate a few of your slush fund.