Dean Orton Casa Performance interview – No more plug & play? | FEATURE
Last week we hopped on a £12.99 Ryan Air flight from Bristol to catch up on developments at Rimini Lambretta Centre.The last time we were there was in mid-December when we took the SSR 250 demonstrator out for a spin.
To give you an idea of just how quickly things can happen, we were there a couple of days before the very first SST 265 (Touring) barrels were delivered to the shop. Since then the boys have tested close to 20 barrels with varying port timings. They’ve also built and ridden a full-fat SSR 265 Scuderia and prototype SST 265 to Scooterist Meltdown in Germany. A long-distance road test we suggested might be a good idea to prove themselves. You can read more about that -10 ride here.
Small team – big plans
Although the SST isn’t ready for us to test yet (the exhaust is the main stumbling block on that one) there are still a fair few things going on in Italy, the small team at Rimini Lambretta Centre/Casa Performance are working their socks off to get things developed, built and tested so that we can enjoy them in the real world. In fact, I don’t know how they manage to get everything done without imploding. Scooterists are impatient at the best of times but are also the most vocal if things aren’t as they should be so development and testing takes time.
We’ll also have some news for TS1 owner’s later today…
Plug and play casa engine?
Have a look at the video interview above as Dean Orton talks us through the latest news and developments. If you’re planning to order a complete ‘Plug & Play’ engine from Rimini you’d better pay attention because from the end of this month you won’t be able to.
We were also over there to discuss and finalise plans for a very special project scooter, a collaboration between SLUK, Rimini Lambretta Centre/Casa Performance and Chris Macnamara of fine gentleman’s shoe retailer, The Brogue Trader. We’ll be bringing more news about that project soon.
Casa Performance available through the SLUK Shop