If you think that a Porsche Cayman is not suitable for you and want something even more special, the Studiotorino Moncenisio is the car for you. Based on the Porsche Cayman S Type 981, the new sports car is a tribute to Italian motor sports, the Susa-Moncenisio race a.k.a. the first hill-climb competition in the world.
For those who don’t know, the first race at Susa-Moncenisio took place on July 27, 1902 and was won by Vicenzo Lancia in a Fiat 24 hp. So, if you want a piece of history, you’d better hurry up as Studiotorino will only build 19 units of the Moncenisio coupe, each priced from 145,000 euros.
Still, the price is in addition to costs incurred by the client to provide and deliver the vehicle that wants to be transformed. The vehicle you see in the photos is dedicated in memory of Francesco Stola, father of Alfredo Stola, the founder of Studiotorino.
According to the official press release, the design of the Moncenisio was inspired by the 1963 Porsche Type 904 and continues the design of Studiotorino’s RK Coupe. Theblue color developed for the exterior and some parts of the interior recalls the reflection of the sky upon the lake at the summit of the mountain pass.
Studiotorino didn’t offer any specs of the vehicle, but we do know that the standard model is powered by a 3.4-liter flat six boxer engine that develops 325 hp (293 kW). Bolted to a PDK transmission and equipped with the Sport Chrono package, the Cayman S accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.7 seconds, while top speed is limited at 280 km/h or 174 mph.
Extraordinary is likely the first word that comes to mind when talking about the Porsche Cayman’s driving performance. The way the chassis tuning interacts with the mid-engine concept ensures that this model remains to be at the top of the class. The fundamental geometry of this model, like the wheelbase being longer by 60 mm, results in setting up the ideal conditions for the performance.
Specifically, it allows for better stability especially when running at very high speeds. Engineers widened the front axle’s track width in order to better improve not only the driving stability but even agility in bends. The Cayman for instance is wider by 36 mm with the Cayman S now wider by 40 mm. For these two sport coupés, the rear axle also shows wider stances when on the road.
The rear track width of the Cayman was increased by 2 mm with the Cayman S wider by 12 mm. This is not all the tuning done as the a third one was implemented, the goal of which is to increase the diameter of the tire. The effect of such increase on driving dynamics is immediate as the contact area is increased, allowing road grip to be enhanced and increasing the limits of the car’s maximum performance.
While the engineers at Porsche did put high priority in tuning the Cayman, it was not limited to enhancing the agility and driving performance. It was just as important to improve the everyday practicality and comfort. An example of this is that the engineers completely redesigned the standard chassis that come with the standard gas-filled and hydraulic shock absorbers. For the front axle, it has been fitted with the MacPherson spring struts, whose lightweight design has been optimized. The engineers however still redesigned the struts, making them more compact compared to the ones in the previous model.
Not only are they stiffer but they have been more precise especially in maintaining the chamber. The support bearings for the axle’s struts are lightweight and composed of aluminum. It makes sure that the forces channeled to the shock absorbers and the auxiliary springs are isolated in order to improve the chassis tuning. Redesigned as well are the front axle cross members which have been optimized in terms of rigidity and crash strength. Anti-drive qualities are enhanced as well in order to lower the degree to which the car’s body front section dives when undergoing full braking and also shortens the model’s braking distance.