Among the new models presented this year at the International Motor Show in Geneva, an important place was given to Sciàdipersia Cabriolet by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. For the subsequent series production of the cars, the company based in Milan is already collaborating with Opac.
Based on Maserati GranCabrio, Sciàdipersia Cabriolet is powered by a 4.7 litre, naturally aspirated V8 engine.
The car adopts the same design approach as the coupe - presented a year ago - with body panels that are different from the original Maserati ones and inspired by the Maserati 5000 GT that the same bodywork produced on commission of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Persia.
For the new variant, however, some details of the waistline and the external chrome finish have been modified to maintain the athletic proportions despite the differences in shape.
Touring Superleggera has decided to maintain a limited production run of just 15 Sciàdipersia, from which the customer chooses whether to opt for the existing Coupé or the new Cabriolet version.
Sciàdipersia is built entirely by hand blending traditional hand-beaten aluminium panels with lightweight carbon fibre elements. Precision and quality of the body must match the most compelling standard, and cutting-edge digital measurement tools are used for this purpose at each stage, from the panel fabrication through to the body-in-white and the finished car. The manufacturing process is completely documented and digitally logged to ensure repeatability.
Quality control processes include static and dynamic tests before the vehicle is approved for road use. High standards of panel alignment, panel gaps and clearances, painting, polishing, leather craft and stitching are all rigidly adhered to. Functional tests are conducted in a climatic chamber. Dynamic tests for air and water tightness, road noise, wet and dry handling, driveability, braking, NVH and all performance aspects are carried out on track. Tests are also carried out for maximum speed and rough surface behaviour.
Opac will also be involved in this complex and artisanal activity, with over thirty years of experience it will be able to make a valuable contribution to the project.