Porsche Goes Full Harlequin On The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo With Art Car For Sneakerheads
Porsche has teamed up with designer and influencer Sean Wotherspoon to create a striking art car. Based on a Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, the one-off takes inspiration from sneaker design, but reminds us of Volkswagen’s Harlequin creations.
Wotherspoon, who made his name with the Nike Air Max 97/1, together with Style Porsche (Porsche’s in-house design team) has created a car that features blocks of color on a panel-by-panel basis. Inspired by ‘South by Southwest’, each color featured on the exterior has been named after members of the artist’s family — with Nash Blue, Sean Peach, Loretta Purple, and Ashley Green.
The car used is actually the artist’s own personal Taycan 4 Cross Turismo. Virtual reality tech was utilized to visualize the concept before what are known as ‘paint frogs’ (used to test colors) were sprayed with each Pantone reference. Wotherspoon then was able to view the colors in person and under various light conditions at the Porsche Design Studio before deciding on the final combination.
Moving inside, the color blocking theme continues, with a combination of materials that Wotherspoon uses in his streetwear and classic elements from Porsche’s past. These include Corduroy, featured in the seat centers of the Porsche 356, and cork. However, incorporating cork was challenging due to the complex shapes on the dashboard, with the team settling for the laminated version of the material.
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Other elements from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur 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.
Porsche says that the four colors used on the exterior of the Cross Turismo will be offered to customers in the future. In contrast, those who want to go the whole hog and replicate the customization seen can use the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur’s Sonderwunsch program.