PANDEM SPACE FORCE

A PORSCHE CAY­MAN SHAPED BY IMAG­I­NA­TION AND THE CRE­ATIVE PROCESS

Pasmag (USA) - - FEATURE - Story by Adam Gor­don Pho­tog­ra­phy by Mike Kuhn & Dionne Mas­cu­nana

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.

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