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the Porsche 964 Turbo One-Off by Ares Design Modena

When the Porsche 964 Turbo was launched in 1991, it faced an uphill battle to win its fans over: this new generation of the iconic sports car from Stuttgart had been handed the baton from the first 911 to bear the Turbo badge on its rear bonnet – the legendary 930 – a car that changed the sports GTs panorama forever.

Initially greeted with scepticism by enthusiasts, the Porsche 964 Turbo managed, over time, to carve out an important place in their hearts, in part, thanks to its exceptional design, dominated by the large whale-tail spoiler.

For ARES’s latest project, a one-off car, the luxury coachbuilder has chosen the 911 964 Turbo, interpreting and modifying it, both in the aesthetics and mechanics; ultimately imparting its DNA which imbues every one of its creations.

ARES, an expert in such projects, has over the years carried out many reimaginations aimed at giving new life to classic models: in 2018, the atelier created a stunning Corvette C2 Sting Ray, equipped with the engine of the 2017 Corvette C7.

With the Porsche 964 Turbo, ARES designers first modified the car’s rear, installing a new bonnet with ducktail spoiler and new alloy wheels with a design reminiscent of Fuchs rims – immortalised by the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 of the 1970s.

The Modenese craftsmen have created a new interior upholstery in leather and tartan fabric, decorated with a houndstooth motif, a gentle nod to the German manufacturer’s racing cars from yesteryear and one that ARES had already used on its Porsche 911 Targa GT3. Special attention has also been paid to the interface between car and driver: with new gauges and a PCCM infotainment system, specifically designed for classic Porsches.

In terms of performance, although the 964 Turbo never lacked numbers, ARES has refined the 3.6-litre six-cylinder boxer, which now breathes better thanks to a more powerful turbine and intercooler, topping 425 Hp after the modification.

The Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES is a unique creation, born from an enthusiast’s vision who wanted to realize his dream car. An object of desire, as exciting to drive as it is to look at.

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Automobili Pininfarina, the pinnacle of Italian luxury automotive design, has unveiled the Battista Cinquantacinque, a hyper GT paying homage to the timeless elegance of the 1955 Lancia Florida. This one-of-a-kind masterpiece blends cutting-edge technology with the spirit of classic Italian design, capturing the essence of automotive history.

Named “Cinquantacinque,” meaning 55 in Italian, the car’s moniker pays homage to the legendary Pininfarina-designed classic car. The Battista Cinquantacinque proudly showcases the iconic Blu Savoia Gloss bodywork and a contrasting Bianco Sestriere Gloss roof, inspired by the original Lancia Florida show car.

The Lancia Florida, created by Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, served as a muse for the creation of the Battista Cinquantacinque. Farina, the visionary behind the classic model, also lent his name to the fastest and most powerful Italian road car, the Battista.

The exterior of the Battista Cinquantacinque features flawless Blu Savoia Gloss paint, complemented by a Bianco Sestriere Gloss roof and Brushed Anodised jewelry pack. Inside, the bespoke Mahagoni Poltrona Frau Heritage Leather upholstery exudes luxury and sophistication.

Each Battista Cinquantacinque bears unique inscriptions, including the signature ‘Cinquantacinque 55’ on the passenger door plate and the underside of the active rear wing, signifying its heritage and provenance.

Underneath its exquisite exterior lies a powerful heart—a 1,900hp electric powertrain propelled by four independent motors and a 120 kWh lithium-ion battery. With staggering performance figures like 0-100 kph in 1.86 seconds and a driving range of up to 476 km, the Battista Cinquantacinque promises an exhilarating driving experience.

Dave Amantea, Chief Design Officer at Automobili Pininfarina, expressed his excitement, stating, “This was a truly special and unique opportunity to design a car that pays homage to Pininfarina SpA’s heritage.” Amantea highlighted the significance of the Lancia Florida’s influence on both the Battista Cinquantacinque and the PURA Vision design concept, setting the stage for future Automobili Pininfarina models.

The Battista Cinquantacinque will make its debut in Tokyo, Japan, alongside retail partner SKY GROUP, marking Automobili Pininfarina’s global expansion. Clients in the region will experience the brand’s promise of ‘Dream Cars. Made Real.’ firsthand, with each hand-crafted vehicle tailored to reflect the personality of its owner.

Automobili Pininfarina’s dedication to crafting bespoke masterpieces ensures that each vehicle leaving the Atelier facility in Cambiano is a unique expression of luxury and automotive excellence, rooted in Italian heritage and innovation.