Last year, Ares Design Project introduced to us a modern-day reimagining of the classic DeTomas Pantera. Called Project Panther, the modern-day Panter is set to use a Lamborghini Huracan as donor before new bodywork is sculpted on to recreate the Pantera’s classic 70s lines, while retaining most of the major structures. Now, the coachbuilder has announced once again that they will be giving another modern car a retro look.
Called Project Pony, Ares Design will be using the underpinnings of a Ferrari GT4CLusso but feature bodywork that are more evocative of Ferrari’s boxy models from 1972 to 1989. More specifically, it will take inspiration after the classic Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2, 400 and 412. Similar to Project Panther, the coach builder will use carbon fiber body to replace that of the original GT4CLusso.
Looking at the design sketch, the design inspiration from the older Ferrari models can be seen. It has the flat angular headlights coupled with a vented hood and boxy greenhouse. At the back there are the 80’s looking circular taillights, complementing the front.
Powering Project Pony will be the same V12 engine found on the donor GT4CLusso. The 6.3-liter V12 engine already pushes out 690 PS and 697 Nm of torque. Do note that Ferrari also offers the GT4CLusso T which is powered by a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 with 610 and is rear-wheel drive only.
Production of Project Pony is expected to begin later this year once Project Panther sales have begun. Meanwhile, Project Panther is expected to go into production somtime this month.