The DeTomaso Pantera has a huge following for the relatively obscure vehicle it is, so it’s hardly surprising to see that someone out there has decided to recreate the mid-engine sports car.
That “someone” isn’t just some random, wealthy car enthusiast, but former Lotus CEO Dany Bahar. The Turkish-born executive was ousted at Lotus after reportedly using company funds to do renovations on his home and renting a private aircraft. Prior to that, the company also sent out a zany press release responding to media criticism – making the whole mess of a situation seem that much weirder.
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Bahar has since moved to Dubai and started an atelier called ARES Design. The automaker specializes in vehicle rebodies and customizations, and has today announced a plan to recreate the DeTomaso Pantera. Dubbed ‘Project Panther’, the vehicle will essentially be a rebodied Lamborghini Huracan. The vehicle is currently undergoing final design, aerodynamic and crash-test engineering assessment at the company’s Modena, Italy factory and will go on sale in the second half of 2018. ARES says it will be built in “very limited numbers,” but it has not said how large the production run will be.
ARES claims they’ve already received a number of reservations for the Project Panther, so it sounds as though this project will move past the digital rendering stage to become a real, tangible car. DeTomaso Pantera fans – rejoice!