Porsche pulls a BMW and introduces a Taycan-based art car

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By introduces we mean presents, because this colorful Taycan is not part of Porsche’s lineup. Instead, the car will be auctioned through RM Sotheby’s between April 6 and April 13, with all the proceedings heading to the Suisseculturale Sociale non-profit organization which seeks to support the COVID-19 pandemic-struck art scene from Switzerland.

2021 Porsche Taycan Art Car Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
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Underneath the art car’s vivid body lies a 563-horsepower Porsche Taycan 4S that was handed over to American artist Richard Phillips, who did all the work live at the Leuehof pop-up restaurant on Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse.

The restaurant itself was closed in December after a set of measures meant to contain the coronavirus’ spread were adopted and will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Because of that, Porsche will cycle through a couple of display locations, meaning that the painted Taycan 4S can be admired at the Porsche Centre Geneva from March 1 and at Porsche Centre Zurich from March 22.

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Mind you, this is Porsche’s second collaboration with New York’s Richard Phillips, who was also involved in a Le Mans-racing art car together with Porsche factory driver Jorg Bergmeister back in 2019.

For the Taycan Artcar, the artist used one of his old painting – Queen of the Night from 2010 – which he applied directly on the car’s bodywork.

“The Queen of the Night livery culminates at the rear of the car with its namesake blossom wrapping completely around the bumper while being dramatically lit up by the Taycan’s signature horizontal light bar. Conceptually, my Queen of the Night livery takes into consideration that the design of the Taycan is an instant icon of electric mobility and speed,” explains the artist.

Making sure the painting gets transferred to the car exactly as the artist wants it was SIGNal Design from Germany, who also worked on the Le Mans art car from 2019 we mentioned earlier. Heat guns were used to apply the final vinyl to the car.

Porsche Taycan specifications
2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S
Electric motors power 616 horsepower (670 horsepower with overboost) 616 horsepower (750 horsepower with overboost)
Weight 5,132 pounds 5,121 pounds
0-60 mph 3 seconds 2.6 seconds
Quarter of a mile time 11.1 seconds 10.8 seconds
Top Speed 161 mph 161 mph
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