RE: Ares to build Tesla Model S Roadster

RE: Ares to build Tesla Model S Roadster

Wednesday 7th November 2018

Ares to build Tesla Model S Roadster

How hard is it to make a drop-top version of an all-electric saloon? Ares is about to find out



It was probably only a matter of time before a design house went and lopped the roof off a Tesla Model S. This is the go-to model for companies wanting big exposure, of course - just ask Qwest in Norfolk or London-based RemetzCar, who've both made estate versions. But making a convertible version of Tesla's four-door saloon is, in engineering terms, a much, much bigger challenge. You're removing a vast amount of structural material, for starters. Little surprise that it's taken a few years for a design house to step up to the challenge.

Modena-based Ares Design, the firm to take on the task, has released an early sketch of its Model S Roadster to illustrate what it wants to make. Visible are two rear buttresses, frameless windows and a more prominent rear bumper. There are also five-spoke alloy wheels beneath swelled wheels arches, the front pair of which look to feature rear vents. Or perhaps that's just a brush stroke.


We'll leave the discussion as to whether it's a good look or not up to you, but there's no denying it's unique. And certainly far less offensive on the eye than another attempt at a drop-top Tesla.

Will Ares uprate the car's electric powertrain? Although the firm does occasionally boost the performance of its models, going so far as boring out the Lamborghini V10 engine of its Panther supercar by 400cc, there's a strong chance it'll leave the Model S's drivetrain as it is. It's not like anyone's ever complained of a Model S being particularly underpowered, plus improvements in EV output inevitably hinder range.

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simonrockman

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5,738 posts

194 months

Wednesday 7th November 2018
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Good grief, it's not even a decent CAD render, looks like the kind of sketch people who can draw do in the back of their geography books.

98elise

13,888 posts

100 months

Wednesday 7th November 2018
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Already been done...

https://www.teslarati.com/first-tesla-model-s-conv...

As the battery is in the floor it seems very dodgy to remove the roof and let the battery take the forces in a crash!

kambites

56,123 posts

160 months

Wednesday 7th November 2018
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98elise said:
As the battery is in the floor it seems very dodgy to remove the roof and let the battery take the forces in a crash!
The battery is in the floor but it's not structural. I suppose there's the risk of the floor-pan folding up in a crash and crushing the batteries but if that happens I think the occupants have more to worry about than a battery fire. hehe

DoubleD

7,256 posts

47 months

Wednesday 7th November 2018
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I wonder if they will do something about the bland looking front end of the car?

98elise

13,888 posts

100 months

Wednesday 7th November 2018
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kambites said:
98elise said:
As the battery is in the floor it seems very dodgy to remove the roof and let the battery take the forces in a crash!
The battery is in the floor but it's not structural. I suppose there's the risk of the floor-pan folding up in a crash and crushing the batteries but if that happens I think the occupants have more to worry about than a battery fire. hehe
I know the battery isn't structural but the roof is. With that gone the floor is going to be very bendy, especially in an impact.
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tr3a

206 posts

166 months

Wednesday 7th November 2018
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DoubleD said:
I wonder if they will do something about the bland looking front end of the car?
Surely they won't, since it's the best looking bit. It's a brilliant middle finger to all those relics that are so inefficient they need a great big stonking grille to house the radiator that dissipates the heat of 70% of the dinosaur juice they burn.

DoubleD

7,256 posts

47 months

Wednesday 7th November 2018
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tr3a said:
DoubleD said:
I wonder if they will do something about the bland looking front end of the car?
Surely they won't, since it's the best looking bit. It's a brilliant middle finger to all those relics that are so inefficient they need a great big stonking grille to house the radiator that dissipates the heat of 70% of the dinosaur juice they burn.
Is it? Or does it just look like a bland korean car?

selym

6,811 posts

110 months

Wednesday 7th November 2018
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DoubleD said:
tr3a said:
DoubleD said:
I wonder if they will do something about the bland looking front end of the car?
Surely they won't, since it's the best looking bit. It's a brilliant middle finger to all those relics that are so inefficient they need a great big stonking grille to house the radiator that dissipates the heat of 70% of the dinosaur juice they burn.
Is it? Or does it just look like a bland korean car?
Yeah, I'd go with the bland Korean car option. Full marks to TR3a for attempting to get some backs up, but it's a brilliqnt middle finger to spending more than an hour on designing the front end.

kambites

56,123 posts

160 months

Wednesday 7th November 2018
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I really like the styling of the Model-S. Can't stand all the gaping vents and slashes most manufacturers cover their cars with these days.

The Model-3, not so much.

Mackofthejungle

813 posts

134 months

Wednesday 7th November 2018
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kambites said:
I really like the styling of the Model-S. Can't stand all the gaping vents and slashes most manufacturers cover their cars with these days.
Vents and slashes might not make a pretty car, but neither does 5 meters of un-vented metal. The Tesla's are enormous, featureless blobs.

kambites

56,123 posts

160 months

Wednesday 7th November 2018
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Mackofthejungle said:
Vents and slashes might not make a pretty car, but neither does 5 meters of un-vented metal. The Tesla's are enormous, featureless blobs.
Each to their own. For me no modern cars are really attractive the Tesla is amongst the least bad.

selym

6,811 posts

110 months

Wednesday 7th November 2018
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Jelly mould.

DoubleD

7,256 posts

47 months

Wednesday 7th November 2018
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For me, Tesla have committed the biggest crime of creating a car that looks so bland. Even ugly would be better.

yonex

13,377 posts

107 months

Wednesday 7th November 2018
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DoubleD said:
I wonder if they will do something about the bland looking front end of the car?
EFA biggrin

kambites

56,123 posts

160 months

Wednesday 7th November 2018
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DoubleD said:
For me, Tesla have committed the biggest crime of creating a car that looks so bland. Even ugly would be better.
I can certainly see that side of the argument and indeed have used it myself in the past... but things like the 7-series are just so monumentally ugly that I think in this case I'd prefer bland. Especially in a car which is very much a white-goods vehicle - it's not really meant to be shouty.

yonex

13,377 posts

107 months

Wednesday 7th November 2018
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kambites said:
I can certainly see that side of the argument and indeed have used it myself in the past... but things like the 7-series are just so monumentally ugly that I think in this case I'd prefer bland. Especially in a car which is very much a white-goods vehicle - it's not really meant to be shouty.
I can't think of a more bland car than a Tesla, it's horrible (despite it's clever battery)

kambites

56,123 posts

160 months

Wednesday 7th November 2018
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yonex said:
I can't think of a more bland car than a Tesla, it's horrible (despite it's clever battery)
Each to their own. Personally I wouldn't buy a big saloon car with "interesting" in mind.

yonex

13,377 posts

107 months

Wednesday 7th November 2018
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kambites said:
Each to their own. Personally I wouldn't buy a big saloon car with "interesting" in mind.
Quattroporte, BMW M5, Giulia?

Obviously pears and dates but quite why Tesla make a techno marvel look like a mid 2000's taxi is beyond me.

Baldchap

772 posts

31 months

Thursday 8th November 2018
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Is it me, or do people who will never factor in the success or otherwise of a motor have the strongest opinions?

whp1983

213 posts

78 months

Thursday 8th November 2018
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Quite clever design as Tesla can’t afford to change body shape like everyone else every 5-7 years.... keeping it bland and inoffensive also helps avoid it looking dated for a little longer.