Ares to build Tesla Model S Roadster


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 07 Nov 2018

    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 07 Nov 2018

    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 07 Nov 2018

    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 07 Nov 2018

    I wonder if they will do something about the bland looking front end of the car?

  • 98elise 08 Nov 2018

    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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