Back in 2017, the mad scientists at Ares Design announced their plans to revive and renovate the short-lived De Tomaso Pantera supercar from the ’70s. It was a lofty project we weren’t sure we’d ever see come to life. Sure enough, they delivered on their promise with what they’re now calling ‘Project 1.’
Still powered by its naturally-aspirated V10 engine — which is good for up to 660 horsepower, 413 ft-lb of torque, and a top speed of just under 202 mph — quite a bit has gone into this project to bring the iconic supercar into the modern age. This includes the addition of an LDF four-wheel drive, a double-wishbone suspension, forged aluminum wheels, and a completely renovated exterior now made from carbon fiber. The inside also gets some big upgrades that include the addition of Alcantara, Nappa leather, and carbon fiber — but each is said to get bespoke bits per specific customer requests. Still, the combination of up-to-date engineering and traditional craftsmanship keeps the spirit of the supercar alive while still making it a remarkable update anyone would be lucky to drive. Pricing is steep, however, said to be around $695,000.