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New art car: contemporary fashion meets electric sports car

 Published 19th July 2022
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If you're a little squeamish, or suffer from any kind of heart condition, look away now…

If you've ever wondered what happens when you let a hip and trendy streetwear designer decorate your car Porsche has now answered that question.

Designer and influencer Sean Wotherspoon is all about fashionable streetwear with a vivid colour palette and unusual materials. Having already designed footwear for Nike and Adidas, he has now joined forces with Porsche in designing his own personal art car. You can see the results for yourself in the images. Just make sure you put your sunglasses on first.

The car in question is the ideal all-rounder among electric sports cars, the Taycan Cross Turismo. It boasts all the strengths of the Taycan, such as superior power and great range. Added to this are more headroom for rear-seat passengers and a maximum luggage compartment capacity of more than 1,200 litres. The standard all-wheel-drive chassis, with its air suspension, features height adjustment. The off-road design elements include wheel arch covers, distinctive lower sections at the front and rear, and side skirts.

If the striking exterior painted in a colour block style doesn't stand out enough, now Porsche is revealing the interior of the art car for the first time.

The colour blocking continues on the interior with a combination of Nash Blue, Sean Peach, Loretta Purple, and Ashley Green – he named the colours after members of his own family. Cork on the dashboard, steering wheel and centre console creates a visual contrast to this, while corduroy adds another distinctive feature. The roof lining, seat centres and sun visors are upholstered with this material in Atacama Beige. This is definitely not a car for the faint-hearted, or anyone with a pathological aversion to being the centre of attention.

This particular art car does serve a purpose though.

The partnership was initiated by Porsche, bringing the designer in and working together to organise the world premiere of the car on Instagram. Wotherspoon visited the Porsche Design Studio in Weissach several times. He also oversaw the physical creation of his art car onsite, spending time in the shopfloor for concept cars and the trim shop to decide on colour schemes and materials.

porsche art car interior

The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo designed by Wotherspoon is rounded off by elements from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. These include the 21-inch Cross Turismo Design wheels and the rear wiper cover – both painted in Black (high-gloss) – as well as the light strip with Porsche lettering in Black. The Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur's Sonderwunsch programme, a reinterpretation of the legendary service of the same name from the late 1970s, launched in 2021 and allows any Porsche owner to personally customise the design of their car. You may not want to go as far as this with your colour choices but the ability to create your own unique Porsche will sit quite highly on most customers' wish list.

“From Janis Joplin's psychedelic 356 in the 1960s to the 911 RSR from 2019 designed by Richard Philips – the list of iconic art cars from Porsche is already long,” says Robert Ader, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Porsche. “Art cars suit Porsche very well. Creative design work with artists inspires us and motivates us to keep developing the brand without changing it fundamentally.”

In terms of proving what can be achieved this particular Porsche gets that message across brilliantly. All we ask is that when you come to design your own personalised Taycan – or any other model for that matter – bear a thought for the people you might distract as you're driving it around town. You can start here.

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