The making of the first Moncenisio by Studiotorino.
In few hours, the ultimate Studiotorino Moncenisio will be unveiled at the National Museum of Automobiles in Torino, Italy.
There is no scoop here, the event has been announced and the developed documented days after day by Alfredo Stola, and his wife Maria Paola, day by day on Facebook.
By this time everybody who is passionate about Porsche, design and coachbuilding would know that the name Moncenisio is after the Alpine pass famous for its stunning landscape and for the first ever hill climb race “Susa – Moncenisio” that took place in 1902 and was won by Vincenzo Lancia. Everybody knows that the Turin based company first launched its RK Coupé and RK Spyder limited production specials in 2005 and that ever since Studiotorino has presented several successful studies also on Fiat, Maserati and Mercedes-Benz. What is not know is that Alfredo Stola, managing director, has also worked at other projects, most of which are confidential.
The Moncenisio project originated in Mar. Stola’s mind the very day the new Cayman was first unveiled by Porsche at the Detroitmotor show and it has been in the development phase since Alfredo Stola saw the show-car at the Paris show late in 2012
The preliminary sketches, recalls Alfredo Stola, were done by Daniele Gaglione (the project leader of the Alfa Romeo 8c coupé and spyder under Wolfgang Egger) aboard the Delta’s Airbus 340 flight to Detroit early this year. Stola and Gaglione wanted to get the motown feelings at the motor show there, before going ahead with the actual design phase.
Sema, in Las Vegas, was out of question because, although the project makes extensive use of options and after-sale components developed by Porsche for the Cayman S, the new fuoriserie would be anything but a tuning job.
A “fine sport car with a clear and strong character tailored for elegance and yet a Porsche, maintaining the original specifications and legal standards” is the way Mr Stola describe the car.
His guidelines for the project were clear: create a more exotic car with no change whatsoever to the original Porsche power-and-drive-train including tyres and wheels. Use every possible upgrading options from Porsche, keep weight and dimensions difference as small as possible and by all means within the tolerances allowed by Porsche and international legislation.
The new approach resolve in advance any registration issue and indeed the company is ready to transform into Studiotorino Moncenisio any Cayman S from the owner or his favoured Porsche dealer.
Studiotorino will create off-line the Moncenisio according to its owner requirements, provided they do not conflict with the standard certification and safety.
Production will be limited to 20 specimens only. All of them will be identified by a special plate carrying the production sequence.
“We have decided to limit production to 20 units as a homage to the historic link between Stuttgart and Torino, Porsche and Italian coachbuilders, that was very intensive between 1946 and 1960. In those years Ferry Porsche was supporting famous Italian (and Austrian) talents such as Piero Dusio, Dante Giacosa, Rudolf Hruska and Carlo Abarth. They were the key people in the Cisitalia and some special Porsche developments. Franco Scaglione designed the “fuoriserie” Porsche 356 Carrera Abarth, of which twenty units were built.
Hence our decision to build no more than 20 Moncenisios.