PANDEM SPACE FORCE
A PORSCHE CAYMAN SHAPED BY IMAGINATION AND THE CREATIVE PROCESS
MASCUNANA is no stranger to the SEMA floor, either. In fact, his Porsche has been there multiple times, but it was only this past year at SEMA 2017 when he felt like the car had reached a point he was truly happy with. When Kei Miura was originally designing the Porsche Cayman Pandem kit, Mascunana was there, knowing his car would soon be showing off one of the first iterations of a brand new Pandem kit to the world. Unfortunately for him, Miura’s original design didn’t quite do it for him. He liked the kit, but he didn’t love it. Alas, the show must go on, and Miura wasn’t about to change it, so he buttoned up the Cayman, and the car was off to SEMA.
Returning from SEMA 2016, the race was on to transform the Cayman’s look into something Mascunana could be completely satisfied with for the next year. Having already cut and modified the car, he was fully committed to the kit – it just needed some personal touches. “Every show Cayman started to have the Pandem kit, and they all looked the same to me. I really wanted mine to be different when it was all said and done. I’ve always tinkered with things I own since I was a kid. I actually broke a ton of my old RC cars just to mod them,” Mascunana says, laughing. “I love to do everything myself.” After some brainstorming, he took to an unconventional approach to reshaping the kit.
After looking at Porsche racecars of several eras for inspiration, Mascunana noticed that the front bumper of a Mazdaspeed RX8 kit bore a striking resemblance to the smiling face of Porsche racecars of yesteryear. It took some time,
IT’S NO SECRET THAT THE HALLS OF THE SEMA SHOW ARE HOME TO THE WORLD’S BEST BUILDS AT ANY GIVEN TIME, AND SOMETIMES EVEN THE MOST IMPRESSIVE OF BUILDS CAN BLEND IN WITH ITS SURROUNDINGS IN THE ROWS UPON ROWS OF SHOW-STOPPING VEHICLES. I PREFACE THIS FEATURE WITH THAT FUN FACT BECAUSE I NEED YOU TO UNDERSTAND JUST HOW MUCH IT MEANS WHEN YOU SEE A CAR AT SEMA THAT LITERALLY STOPS YOU IN YOUR TRACKS. FOR ME, PERSONALLY, DIONNE MASCUNANA’S PORSCHE CAYMAN S WAS THAT CAR.
money, and patience to get the front of that Mazdaspeed bumper properly grafted into the Pandem front bumper, but the result is a one-off kit that looks, dare we say it, even better than the original. With the back bumper modified as well to remove certain features that Mascunana wasn’t feeling, the kit was transformed, and a set of Spyder headlights and taillights modernized the look entirely.
Taking inspiration from Super GT and DTM racecars, Mascunana knew the aero had to be aggressive as all hell to capture the look and feel he was after. “I love what we’ve done to the kit itself, but my favorite part of the build has to be the swan neck wing,” he says. “The wing took seven months to build, from cardboard prototypes in my garage to fitting the CNC-made uprights to the bridge made by my buddy Steve Van Der Vorst at D-lng Designs.” Once the wing was set, he took it upon himself to make some more custom aero. The splitter, wild diffuser, and racecar-esque canards were all handmade by Mascunana in the same cardboard-to-reality process.
With the body’s exterior looking as wildly aggressive as any trueto-life Super GT racecar, wheel choice would have to reflect the madness that this car exudes. A set of 19-inch Work Meister M1 wheels, 11 inches wide in front and 14 inches wide in the rear, complement the Japaneseinspired modifications nicely, and also fill out the widened Porsche’s fender wells proportionately. Since he is Marketing Content Manager at Toyo Tires, it only made sense for Mascunana to pick up a set of the best tires possible. A set of Toyo R888Rs, 265s up front and hefty 345s in the rear, are wrapped around his Work wheels to keep this Porsche planted.