LAND ROVER DEFENDER – Ares Design
- Externally the ARES Defender has been given a significant makeover while retaining the original car’s unmistakable and iconic looks. Significantly wider Fondmetal alloy wheels tted with 305/70 R18 Cooper off-road tyres have required bespoke wheel arch extensions which ARES manufactures in-house from carbon fibre. Once tted they transform the Defender’s appearance, enhancing its rugged go-anywhere appeal. The ARES Defender also features a carbon bonnet along with lights that are signi cantly more hi-tech and powerful than its original units.
BODY Part of the bodywork has been redone using premium quality carbon fiber Protections designed specifically for off-road vehicles composed of Front and rear bumpers for heavy duty useFront side protection Side steps Reinforced front and rear recovery tow point Warn’s front Winch New front and rear light units in LED technology
While ARES’s engineering and exterior transformation already sets the Defender apart as a unique reinterpretation of the classic off-road theme, it’s perhaps inside the 4x4 that ARES’s designers have really shown their eye for detail in a luxury transformation. Buyers of this type of bespoke vehicle demand an interior that ditches the utilitarian feel of the original, replacing it with a lavish magnificence that can only come from a thorough makeover.
Yet at the same time there needs to be a nod towards practicality and for that reason carpet was deliberately eschewed in favour of stylish, yet modern chequer plate aluminium for the ooring of the ARES Defender, combined with swathes of the nest Italian leather, endowing the interior with the required sumptuousness. Bespoke leather-clad Recaro seats offer supreme comfort yet hold occupants rmly in place while the feeling of luxury is further enhanced by a dashboard that has been transformed into one t for a bespoke luxury off-roader.
A Webasto sunroof enhances the interior’s new-found luxury, allowing the occupants to be bathed in light while the leather interior roof-lining provides the nal touch of opulence.
- Fully customize based on customer design request
- Handcrafted artisan interior panels in leather, carbon and aluminium
- Custom made sports steering wheel incorporating precious material inserts in fiber
PERFORMANCE - At the heart of the ARES Defender is an upgraded engine, an extensively reworked Land Rover V8 that originally had a capacity of 4,552cc. Thanks to an increase in bore size (now 96mm, up from 94mm) the powerplant now displaces 4,748cc and develops 282PS and 440Nm of torque. Ensuring that this superlative engine can breathe effectively it now features a bespoke exhaust manifold and a made to measure Milltek catalytic converter and exhaust system along with an ITG air intake. Power is transmitted via a six-speed automatic transmission.
Naturally enough performance is significantly improved and requires upgrades to the rest of the Defender. To accompany the ARES Defender’s imposing looks it has had its ride height increased by approximately 50mm and features bespoke springs coupled with heavy duty Fox shock absorbers front and rear
and revised and recalibrated anti-roll bars. To accompany the Defender’s new- found performance potential are a set of AP Racing front brakes featuring 362x32mm discs clamped by six- piston AP callipers.
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