Ares Design's Ferrari 412 tribute is the one we really needed
Boxy is back.
Most modern Ferraris and Ferrari homages have taken inspiration from the Golden Age of the marque, the 1950s and 1960s. However, coachbuilder Ares Design's latest renderings pay tribute to the 1970s and 1980s.
Ares themselves have attempted an interpretation of such a legend with their modernized 250 GTO, based on the Ferrari 812 Superfast. The new one doesn't have a name yet, but it's called Project Pony for now.
It uses as its base a modern Ferrari GTC4Lusso. However, it dispenses with its shooting brake profile for a squared-off ode to the Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2, 400 and 412. The uncharacteristically boxy 2+2 was built from 1972 to 1989 and designed at the legendary studio Pininfarina and eschewed the brand's typically swoopy bodywork for a 3-box design.
The new 3D renderings reveal a hefty looking car, with pronounced front and rear wheel arches and a lot of mass in the fuselage. The GTC4Lusso's distinctive side vent is retained, but its lower line extends down the length of the body. Overall, it's a much sleeker interpretation than Ares' 250 GTO, and provides options for those tire of the GTC4Lusso's breadvan styling.
It likely will be very expensive and very exclusive, if Ares' 250 GTO is anything to go by. That car is expected to cost $1.16 million and have a production run of 10 units.