The Coupetorino project was launched for the first time in 2008. Like the previous edition, the new Coupetorino academic project was promoted by Alfredo and Maria Paola Stola and developed in partnership with Turin-based IAAD and technical partner Skorpion, with the goal of providing training to six design students: Bruno Arena, Michele Bavaro, Riccardo Luigi Cascone, Stefano Manini, Dario Pellegrino and Cristiano Zanot.
The project brief was the same to the 2008 project: to create an exclusive coupé based on the Mercedes-Benz SL (in this case the model year 2013), taking into consideration the engineering feasibility and costs for a possible production as a one-off or a limited series model.
The project also had the continuous support of Steffen Koehl, from the Mercedes-Benz Global Advance Design Center in Sindelfingen.
The design team created three design variants, named Classic, Muscular and Shooting-Brake. After several design reviews, carried out in Turin, at Sindelfingen as well as by email coomunications, the Shooting-Brake was selected for further development.
The final CAD model was created in collaboration with Matteo Gelpi from Skorpion and was used to build the 1/4 scale stereolitography resin model.
The final presentation took place on May 27 at the Mercedes-Benz Design Center in Como.
For more information you can visit Studiotorino’s website.
(Source: Studiotorino, Virtual Car)