Sean Wotherspoon, the designer and one of the most famous sneakerheads on the planet, teamed up with Porsche to design his own personal Taycan 4 Cross Turismo. The art car features a striking exterior painted in a color block and the interior is finished in lively color blocking dominated by Nash Blue, Sean Peach, Loretta Purple and Ashley Green. Cork on the dashboard, steering wheel and center console creates a visual contrast to this. The roof lining, seat centers and sun visors are upholstered with corduroy in Atacama Beige. The designer also wanted the interior to be leather-free.
When I look at something, I examine how I can change it and elevate it to a new level. These questions are my personal challenge. It doesn’t matter whether I’m working on a sneaker or car design, a workflow, sustainability topics or a new material. Striving for innovation drives me and I was fascinated from the start by the unusual materials that the Porsche designers in Weissach work with. We inspired each other again and again throughout the project and ultimately created a completely new type of vehicle design. – Sean Wotherspoon
To create the art car, the designer visited the Porsche Design Studio in Weissach several times. Virtual reality technology was used to try out and discuss many of the exterior color options on a model car. “Inspired by a visit to the Porsche Museum, Sean got the idea for circular elements on the doors,” recalls Volker Müller, Head of Colour and Trim at Style Porsche. “His idea echoes the starting-number roundels on historic racing cars. At the same time, this inverted color breaks up the large area.”
To ensure the colors were precisely the ones he wanted, Wotherspoon sent the corresponding Pantone reference codes to Porsche. The colors were applied to what are known as ‘paint frogs’ so that the designer could view them and evaluate them under a range of different conditions. The unusual names of the paints are inspired by the names of the members of Sean’s family.
The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo designed by Wotherspoon features 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.
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