"An italian styled One-Off based upon a classic American muscle" is the title given by STUDIOTORINO for the graduating thesis project of the student Luca Barattolo exposed on July 5th at IAAD university of Turin.

01Turin 5 July 2019 "An Italian custom-made vehicle on a classic American muscle car", here is the drawing presented
from Luca Barattolo to the Thesis at the IAAD.

The external relators, Alfredo and Maria Paola Stola, asked for the designer Emanuele Bomboi as a tutor to make sure that the student seized every possible historical, technical and external detail from the world of muscle cars.
Right from the start the main inspiration was the "Ford Mustang I Concept" from 1962, and through this thesis maintained the original layout of a mid engined 4 cylinder vehicle just as Ford designers engeneered it more than half a century ago.
The 2019 Torino is conceived with a Ford powered 4 cylinder supercharged V engine that produces 270hp paired with dual front electric motors that increase the total horsepower to 520.
The powertrain strongly differs from the contemporary Mustangs with the typical big block front mounted V8.
The name of this Mustang is Torino and the two tone stripes are made with the same colors of the city where this thesis was born.

02Detroit 1962. Official photo Ford Mustang I, left Vice President Ford Herb Misch and director of design Gene Bordinat. Central engine, 1500 cc ,, V4 109 hp are the technical characteristics of the engine.

03March 29, 2019 Luca Barattolo and Maria Paola Stola.04May 2019. Emanuele Bomboi, L.Barattolo and M.P. Stole

05The hybrid technical scheme of the Mustang Turin.

06The first sketches by Luca Barattolo.07The first sketches by Luca Barattolo.

08Graphic research inspired by the colors of the city of Turin.

09Turin 5 July 2019. Luca Barattolo exposes the thesis "An Italian custom-made vehicle on a classic
American muscle car"
10Turin 5 July 2019. Luca Barattolo exposes the thesis "An Italian custom-made vehicle on a classic
American muscle car"

11Turin 5th July. The degree commission Maria Paola Stola, Laura Milani, Pietro Nume and Masato Inoue.

A few days after the presentation of the thesis, we met in Villarbasse to set up a “Post Thesis” study.
In this way the Tutor Emanuele Bomboi with great energy was able to transmit to Luca Barattolo all the improvements in terms of refinement of lines and coloring.
Luca Barattolo, without the pressure of exams anymore, was able to complete the drawing and thus simulate in a certain sense a real work environment and a manager to whom to report a result.

12Villarbasse 24 July 2019. About three weeks after the presentation of the thesis, Maria Paola hosts the designer Emanuele Bomboi who as Tutor examines and corrects Luca Barattolo's drawings. The goal is to face a "Post Thesis" period together to obtain the most professional result possible.

13August 14, 2019. This drawing is the result of Luca Barattolo's "Post Thesis" work together with his Tutor Emanuele Bomboi.



02In the second half of 2020, a collaboration between Studiotorino and the European Institute of Design in Turin was born. Maria Paola Stola gets a university teaching position in a Transportation Design workshop with eighty students for eighty hours of lessons.
The teaching is completely online due to the lockdown for Covid 19 with the students divided into four classes from various parts of the world; due to the different time zones, students were forced to make particular sacrifices.

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Spring 2020. Villarbasse. Online lessons from the Stola home studio.

Throughout the 100 years of the work history of the Stola family, the fundamental technological steps of design and construction of the automobile have been analysed and re-evaluated, the fundamental phases for the realization of prototypes were established in Stola s.p.a. and later in Studiotorino.
In parallel, the students designed a lunar rover in accordance with NASA's plans for the Artemis Mission, that will bring the first woman and another man to the moon in the year 2024.
The lessons held over a three-month period focused not only on the mobility of the earth but also on that of our natural satellite.
A group project, normally carried out in the classroom with exchanges of views and knowledge, given the pandemic situation, had to be transformed into individual projects. Eighty lunar Rover projects will be progressed following the technical guidelines published by NASA aimed at industries all over the world.
Here are some examples of the work done.













The second workshop which took place in the first semester A.A. 2020-21 focused once again on the work done by the Stola family in the automotive field over 100 years.
The evolution over time of the creation of the car and all the steps required to bring a car into production.
Processes that naturally concern the world of design.
The collaboration with the IED university was stimulating from an intellectual point of view, prompting us to retrace the history of 100 years over and over again.


37One of the most exciting topics of this workshop.Unpublished films, complete projects and exclusive photos of particular cars such as the Lancia Stratos Zero, seen after the restoration of the mechanics followed by Alfredo Stola for the collector Phillip Sarofim.
The thing that most gratified us was the satisfaction, interest and passion shown by the students and the management of IED Turin led by Professor Michele Albera.

Autumn 2020. Maria Paola Stola during the DAD lessons.didascalia


On 2 July 2020, in this year of lockdown for Covid 19, Maria Paola Stola for Studiotorino was external speaker for the graduation theses of the students Skender Zdrava and Fabrizio Allione of IAAD (Institute of Applied Art and Design).
As usual, the titles of the theses were chosen by Studiotorino, a commissioned work is simulated
whereby the student becomes the "supplier".

012 July 2020 Room X Online discussion of IAAD Torino theses.

02Commisione di tesi per Skender Zdrava 03Discussion of Fabrizio Allione's thesis.

The titles this year were “Porsche Udara” with Zdrava, an electric SUV designed on the chassis of the Taycan model, an exercise in interior and exterior style following the philosophy of Studiotorino.







Another project,” Maserati Zefiro” by Allione, a Gran Turismo inspired by the Maserati stylistic elements of the 70s with notable modern interpretations.

Sketch finale della Maserati Zefiro, fuoriserie STUDIOTORINO di Fabrizio Allione.Final sketch of the Maserati Zefiro, STUDIOTORINO custom-built by Fabrizio Allione.



Varie fasi della ricerca di design.Various stages of design research.

The undergraduates presented their theses online in July, but, with great surprise given the situation, on 6 October, Dr. Laura Milani, director of IAAD, organized an unforgettable graduation ceremony which was held at the Juventus Stadium. Three hundred students heard their name announced by the historic speaker of the Turin team, in front of a restricted but still numerous audience of parents, friends and teachers.

6 ottobre 2020. Juventus Stadium Torino. Graduation Day IAAD 2020.6 October 2020. Juventus Stadium Turin. Graduation Day IAAD 2020.

21The director Dr. Laura Milani proclaims the graduates.22Professor Masato Inoue and Maria Paola.

6 October 2020. Juventus Stadium Turin. Proclamation of Skender Zdrava.didascalia

6 October 2020. Juventus Stadium Turin. Proclamation by Fabrizio Allione.didascalia

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