• Leading design and technology experts engineer a world first high-tech carbon fiber e-bike
• Two-year R&D program delivers an ultralight machine weighing 9kg
• The ARES Super Leggera by HPS marks the first in a series of bespoke e-bike creations
• Limited series of 24 bikes to be produced
Luxury Italian coachbuilder ARES has teamed up with HPS, creators of the world’s lightest e-bike propulsion system to produce a stunning ultra-lightweight e-bike. The two companies have come together to co-create the most unique e-bike in the world.
Based in Modena, Italy, birthplace of some of the world’s most famous and iconic sports and racing cars, ARES combines traditional Italian craftsmanship and cutting-edge technologies, the company, designs, engineers and manufacturers bespoke two and four-wheel vehicles, in single or limited editions.
HPS, High Performance Systems, develops advanced engineering solutions for mobility and sport applications. Applying technology from Formula 1, it has created the revolutionary Watt Assist system for e-bikes that allows it to equip a racing style bicycle with an electric motor that behaves and weighs the same as a top-of-the-range "traditional" model.
A joint venture
ARES and HPS have worked together for two years carrying out countless tests in the laboratory and covering many thousands of kilometers on the road, using the experience of former professional cyclists to fine-tune the dynamic qualities of this racing style e-bike. ARES managing the design of the frame and the finishes; HPS providing its expertise on the mechanical and engineering side. The result is a high-tech carbon fiber bike that doesn't currently exist on the market: the ARES Super Leggera by HPS is a top-of-the-range e-bike weighing just 9kg, a world first.
The ARES Super Leggera by HPS is a bike assisted by a revolutionary electric motor made without compromise, the result of an exclusive project made with the latest Formula 1 and aerospace technology. The components: motor, battery and electronic control unit are so compact and lightweight, they integrate perfectly into the carbon frame, are not seen and above all are not felt when pedaling with the power turned off. The balanced weight distribution was achieved by housing these components close to the bottom bracket area with a low center of gravity to give the bike a sporting ride characteristic. When you activate the electric motor system you have a significant 200 watt "invisible" assistance, which does not alter the dynamics and therefore the pleasure of pedaling, which remains similar to a top-of-the-range racing bike, even with the engine off.
The first ARES-HPS project
The result of this first joint venture between ARES and HPS, is a limited series of 24 bikes. It was decided to make them in a beautiful iconic retro style, with handmade leather parts and round tube carbon fiber frame along with the color of bikes from the 60’s-70’s to combine technology with charm and beauty. The cost of these first limited edition bikes will be 18,950 euro.
Future customers can be involved in the creative process of their bike build, from the conception phase to the delivery of the finished product for personalised one-off creations. They will be able to work with ARES/HPS on sizing, colours, styles and special requests.
The carbon fiber frame
An integral part of the customisation process is the frame itself, which will be fine-tuned in the ARES carbon fiber production department, ensuring the highest production quality is guaranteed. An exclusive product that combines craftsmanship and technology.
The research continues
The collaboration between ARES and HPS is long-term. The two companies will continue to work together in the development of this product and offer something other than a racing style e-bike.
This first limited run project will be followed, in October, by a second series of assisted lightweight road bikes. Another innovative project, different from the first, it will offer different styles of bikes in terms of shapes, carbon weave and colors. Even more offerings will be joining the range in December, again taking advantage of the technologies developed together. A top of the range city bike will be offered, always equipped with a cutting-edge electric motor system.
ARES-HPS bikes will be exhibited and sold in ARES showrooms around the world:
Modena and Porto Cervo, Italy; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Kitzbühel, Austria; St Moritz and Zurich, Switzerland; Miami, USA; Munich, Germany; Puerto Banùs, Spain; Montecarlo, Monaco.
The first series ARES Super Leggera by HPS is currently presented at the above locations.
The agreement between ARES and HPS is long-term, as Dany Bahar, co-founder and CEO of ARES, specifies: "The collaboration with HPS will continue, we will work further in the development of this project. The first production of limited series bikes in August will be followed by a second limited series of top-of-the-range road bikes, always assisted with our technology but with even more demanding specifications. It will be a different project from the previous one which is retro in style: it will be very modern, in terms of shapes, materials and colors. And in December, again taking advantage of the technologies developed by our joint research, we will offer a high-end city bike, always equipped with an electric motor".
“I’m delighted to be working with Ares having been a huge fan of their work since I attended their amazing factory opening in 2014 – said Harry Gibbings founder and CEO of HPS. Because of the high precision and attention to detail required by HPS we had to find a partner with the same values, who like us, strive for perfection. ARES ticked every box and bring with them a great deal of knowledge and skill along with incredible design flare.
On a personal level, I’ve known Dany from our days in Formula One and working with Ferrari, so it's very gratifying to be partners in this exciting next step for HPS”