In April 2009 a university teaching collaboration was born between Magna Steyr Italia directed by Tiziano Novo and Studiotorino at the prestigious King Saud University of Riyadh.
The aim is a real integrated project including a style model, a working prototype and above all a special degree in automotive engineering.
Meanwhile Professor Saied Mohamed H. Darwish of KSU interfaced directly with Tiziano Novo, Carlo Carena, Alfredo Stola and Peter Arcadipane.
Studiotorino will also take care of the design and Alfredo Stola will entrust it to his dear friend Peter Arcadipane.
This project is carried out on the production Mercedes G Class which, not surprisingly, is produced by Magna Steyr in their Austrian factory in Graz.
April 2009 - Riyadh at King Saud University. First official meeting at work starting, present the Vice Rectore professor Ali Saeed Al-Ghamdi, Doctor Tiziano Novo and Ing.W. Breitenhuber from magna Steyr, Professor Saied Mohamed H. Darwish and Alfredo Stola.April 2009 in Riyadh , Vice rector Proff. Ali Saeed A-Ghamdi and Proff. Saied Mohamed H. Darwish of the KSU and Doctor Tiziano Novo of the Magna Steyr Italia.
Alfredo Stola with Professor Saied Mohamed H. Darwish and one of the KSU students in Riyadh.
Riyadh 2009. Carlo Carena e Michael Storey della Magna Steyr italia con il pfessor Darwish ad una lezione di ingegneria alla King Saud University.
Peter Arcadipane in team with the KSU students, designed the Gazal-1 style for STUDIOTORINO.At the Holiday Inn Hotel in Riyadh pre-select the style design before going to KSU.
GAZAL 1 KSU style model
Mercedes G-Class GAZAL 1 KSU style model
The Première to present the style model called GAZAL 1 is at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010 at the King Saud University Stand. In June the project finishes with the presentation of a perfectly running prototype at the Royal Palace in Jeddah, before the presence of HRH King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, accompanied by the Minister of Education Khalid Al-Angara and the rector of King Saud University Dr. Abdullah Al-Othman.
Studiotorino for the realization of the prototype, in collaboration with the project leader Carlo Carena and of course Tiziano Novo, will have a technical consultancy assignment; Alfredo Stola will make several trips to Riyadh for on-the-job training directly with university students.
Geneve, March 2010, the Gazal Syle model on the King Saud University stand.
Geneve 2010, in the KSU stand from left Alfredo Stola, Ali Al Samhan (ksu), Tiziano Novo ( Magna Steyr Italia) Saied Mohamed H. Darwish (ksu).
End of May 2010. Gazal's marching prototype just arrived in Riyadh.End of May 2010. The interiors of the Gazal prototype just arrived in Riyadh
Alfredo Stola with the King Saud University students
Jeddah June 15, 2010. HRH King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud with the direction of the KSU to the presentation of the perfectly running prototype of the Gazal 1.
Beyond the academic and technical aspects of the project, the experience provided a good opportunity for co-operation, cultural exchange and the development of new friendships.
Jeddah June 15, 2011: group photo with King Abdullah Al Saud together with the management e Professor Darwish with KSU students from the first automotive engineering course.