The name MONCENISIO is inspired by one of the most spectacular Alpine passes in Piemonte. With an altitude of 2083m, the Moncenisio Pass can be found just one hour away from Turin and connects Italy with France.
The exclusive shade of blue developed for the original design and for the prototype is inspired by the beautiful reflections admirable in the lake at the summit of the pass.
Its name is linked to motor sport history. The Susa-Moncenisio race is recognized as the first hill-climb competition in the world.
The first race in 1902 was won by Vincenzo Lancia in a FIAT 24hp.
The idea to create a new coupé "fuoriserie" by STUDIOTORINO was born out of a desire to give continuity to the RK models produced up until 2008.
Wanting an opportunity to use as a base the superb new Cayman S Type 981 m.y. 2014.
We had quite a bit of time to imagine this new "fuoriserie" and we began to think about it even more as soon as the possibility of a convertible version leaked to the press and was then presented at the March 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
After two special weekends, first, in Zuffenhausen, where we were inspired by the most beautiful museum a car lover can imagine, and second, at the Detroit Auto Show, where we admired the latest innovations, we were ready to take on our newest "fuoriserie all'italiana" project.
On January 7, 2012 during a flight to Detroit, Alfredo Stola asked Daniele Gaglione to imagine a new proposal to replace the RK Coupé.
And so it was that on board a Delta Airlines Flight 620, high above Greenland on an Airbus A 340, the first 'suggestion' for a new "fuoriserie" began to take shape. The name 'Moncenisio' wasn't even on the horizon…
The original sketches for the "bespoke MONCENISIO" painted with an exclusive blue color, were drawn by architet Daniele Gaglione in the early days of January 2013.
This coupé has a unique and special body while maintaining all the structure, the chassis, the mechanical, the engine and it's emissions and safety features activ and passive of the vehicle of origin.
All the manual work related to the activities of modelling style, interior trimming, and body painting are develop using traditional "torinese" school.
This coachbuilt car has been conceived in a limited edition run.
Back from the Detroit Auto Show 2013, where Alfredo could admire the new Cayman S type 981, he determines the MONCENISIO style.
The production of the prototype started on June 3rd, 2013. The main steps included, among others, modelling, building the light molds, manufacturing the components, assembling and painting the body, and upholstery.
On March the 11, 2014 Alfredo and Maria Paola Stola presented the S.F. 1/1 prototype to Wolfgang Hatz, Grant Larson, Matthias Kulla, Conrad Hummel e Martin Khal in an informal meeting at Porsche Design Center in Weissach. It was indeed a once in a lifetime experience for Studiotorino, because of the legendary place and the extraordinary technicians present that day.
Torino, March 21, 2014. At the National Automobile Museum of Turin, in the area dedicated to contemporary design, the unveiling of the MONCENISIO. An event organized by Alfredo and Maria Paola Stola to meet with friends and dedicate the S.F. 1/1 prototype to the memory of Francesco Stola.
The prototype presented today is identified on nameplate with the code S.F.1/1. It is dedicated in memory of Stola Francesco, father of Alfredo; the chassis number is WP0ZZZ98ZEK181161.
With the new MONCENISIO, Studiotorino wisches to share with its clients and fans its passion for rare sports cars and continue to legacy of a now 95-year-old Family tradition of coach building.
As soon as conditions allowed, Alfredo Stola drove the SF 1/1 prototype on the historic "Susa Moncenisio" hill climb course.
The route is unchanged over the years, the same waterfalls, safety walls and timeless rock formations that, between 1902 and 1953, witnessed the greatest drivers and most beautiful cars as they took on the challenge of the famous course.
Legends such as Felice Nazzaro, Alfieri Maserati, Giuseppe Campari, Achille Varzi and Piero Taruffi. The magnificent Type 35 Bugatti, Ferrari 375 F1, Alfa Romeo 159, Mercedes Benz W 125, Maserati 4CTL / 48, and Cisitalia D46 have all conquered the 2,500 meter climb, making the test of the Moncenisio prototype all the more evocative.
An extraordinary experience for Studiotorino.
Between January 28th and 31st 2015, the MONCENISIO was tested in a drive of 1589 Km from Rovaniemi to Nordkapp and way back by Alfredo Stola. From the Arctic Circle in Finland to the continental northern-most road in the world in Norway. The purpose was to test the prototype in extreme conditions and verify all the new customized and modified parts of the car, such as air-intakes on the side and the front bumper.
Snow, ice, strong winds and freezing temperature of -26 C are the natural elements that we met in these unforgettable four days. For this event, that we called "Arctic Experience", the 2elle-engineering built the special 19' mono-block aluminum rims, equipped with winter tires with 880 steal spykes. Most likely, the MONCENISIO is the first "bespoke supercar" to reach the monumental steel globe in Nordkapp during the winter season.
PHOTOS AND TRAVEL JOURNAL NORDKAPP Click Here
Between the 8th and 12th 2016 of June, the Moncenisio S.F. 1/1 was displayed on the Studiotorino stand at the second " Salone dell'Auto 2016 Parco del Valentino" in Turin. A fitting tribute to our city and our desire to show the prototype once again to an estimated 500,000 visitors of the motor show.
Between 7th and 11th June 2017, the Art Car version of the Studiotorino Moncenisio was guest of the third edition of the “Salone dell'Auto di Torino Parco Valentino” on the stand "NESPOLO per Alfredo Stola".
TORINO – ZUFFENHAUSEN is the title of this art work and its purpose is to tell the story of the relationship between Turin and Zuffenhausen (Stuttgart) and the 33 Porsche designed and built in Turin since 1947.
This intense story began seventy years ago with Ferry Porsche first journey to Turin in order to meet Piero Dusio to supervise the progress of the Cisitalia type 360. Since that day, 10 different models built by different companies, for a total of 33 units, is what remains of this story.
A detailed and complete description of this period and the artistic tale depicted by Nespolo on Monceniso in Car Art version can be read by clicking on PRESS.
Ugo Nespolo also realised a short film of 180 seconds to show how he designed this artwork.
PARTNERS AND TECHINCAL DEVELOPMENT
Design specification and technical development will be supported by recognized and carefully chosen partners and sponsors of STUDIOTORINO.
Below we are posting 176 technical photos showing the entire process of making the prototype in detail and in chronological sequence. Special thanks to the 30 companies that collaborated with Studiotorino on this project (their trademarks are shown here).
Our partners and sponsors represent the excellence of workmanship in their field; each one with its specialty and sharing the common quest of creating a "bespoke" capable of hitting the road on a daily basis.
Our Sponsor/ Partners share with us our passion for rare custom built sports cars.