Tesla is taking their own sweet time with the all-new Tesla Roadster, with a scheduled launch date this year if everything goes according to plan. But if you already can’t wait to get your hands on a new topless Tesla, good news: a coach builder by the name of Ares Design is making one based on the Model S, and it looks every bit just as good as one that would’ve come out from Tesla’s own factory.
The modifications made on the Model S – which you’ll have to provide one yourself – were quite extensive to achieve the new look, including chopping off the entire roof (obviously), along with the removal of the rear doors and B-pillars, while elongating the front doors.
The top half of the rear quarter also had to be reworked to fit the roof folding mechanism, and of course the folded fabric roof. Unfortunately, Ares Design did not provide any photos of the Tesla Model S “Roadster” with its roof up, so we can’t judge how that looks.
Completing the exterior styling efforts is a custom carbon fibre body kit, which includes new front and rear bumpers, an extended front splitter, side skirts, and custom Ares Design 21-inch wheels.
Due to the removal of the roof, Ares Design engineers had to reinforce the chassis with additional strengthening on the side members, beneath the cockpit, and at the rear seating area to maintain the structural integrity of the car.
The reworked rear quarters also necessitated a set of custom-made rear seats, but the rest of the cabin is pretty much left as-is – aside from a touch of flair at the request of the client, in the form of orange and carbon fibre detailing contrasting the hand-stitched ice white leather.
Ares Design co-founder and CEO, Dany Bahar said, “our co-create philosophy allows clients to work side by side with our designers and engineers to create their very own bespoke vehicle, a service that is unique to Ares. This Tesla project is a superb example of this; it was a pure coachbuilding project which we very much enjoy doing and seeing the results of our uncompromising standards.”
Ares definitely wasn’t the first ones to toy with the Tesla Model S’ roof. Back in 2018, UK-based QWest modified the electric sedan into a shooting brake, and YouTuber Simone Giertz even turned her own Tesla Model S into a one-of-one pick-up truck – way before the Cybertruck was even announced.