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Porsche Taycan Artcar by Richard Phillips goes up for auction in April

This unique art car will be auctioned off in April.

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American artist Richard Phillips has collaborated with Porsche to create the company's first all-electric art car. The Taycan Artcar was displayed at the Leuehof pop-up restaurant in Zurich, Switzerland over the winter and will be auctioned off via RM Sotheby's from April 6-13, 2021. Process from the sale will benefit Switzerland's non-profit association Suisseculture Sociale.

"Porsche's first purely electric sports car, the Taycan, represents a new chapter in the company's history," says Michael Glinski, CEO of Porsche Schweiz AG. "We wanted to capture this achievement by working together with a leading artist. The result is this creation, which reflects the guiding principles of sustainability and electromobility and of course also places a strong focus on nature in Switzerland. By auctioning the work and donating the proceeds we want to help the Swiss cultural landscape, which has been hit especially hard by the pandemic. Porsche has set a confident course through this crisis and we are eager to give something back to the community."

Porsche Artcar by Richard Phillips

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Creation of the car started with a bare Porsche Taycan 4S. Then, Phillips applied his large-scale painting from 2010 entitled "Queen of the Night" to the car. The original work was inspired by legendary Swiss landscape artist Adolf Dietrich.

The car features a three-dimensional arrangement of elements and details of the 86-square foot painting flowing organically up the front hood over the front fenders and across the doors. As it approaches the rear of the car, the artwork glides over the roof and fenders and the flora opens to reveal a blue sky and butterflies.

The Artcar has been fitted with customized touches from the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: the illuminated door sill panels are inscribed "Queen of the Night" and door projectors illuminate Phillips' signature onto the underfloor when the door is opened.

"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," as Phillips explains. "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.

The Artcar is the second collaboration Porsche has worked with Phillips. The first was in 2019 when Phillips worked with the company's factory driver Jörg Bergmeister to design a Porsche art car, which then made history at the 24-hour race in Le Mans. When the Porsche 911 RSR from Project 1 Motorsport crossed the finish line to win the GTE Am class, it was the first art car ever to take the laurels.

RM Sotheby's will auction the Taycan Artcar. The online auction will start on April 6, 2021, and run for seven days until April 13 on: www.rmsothebys.com. The lot includes an exclusive individually tailored tour of Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen – the birthplace of the Porsche Taycan – with Porsche AG's head of the Taycan model range.

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Balmain's Creative Director Olivier Rousteing is a Porsche fan.

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What does it mean to "drive defined"? A new series of videos from Porsche and the Creative Director of the Paris fashion label Balmain, Olivier Rousteing, explorers the meaning of the phrase. Rousteing says that he's been "fascinated" by Porsche since childhood.

The designer, who grew up in France, worked at Roberto Cavalli before becoming the Creative Director at Balmain in 2011. The powerhouse fashion brand was founded in 1945 and was previously lead by Oscar de la Renta. Modern Balmain designs feature elements of French couture mixed with Asian influence. In 2019, the brand launched the KYLIE X BALMAIN, a makeup collaboration with social media influencer Kylie Jenner.

Olivier Rousteing sits in a Porsche Panamera during the filming of the short.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

The short videos, published on Porsche's social media channels and on Rousteing's Instagram feed, focus on Rousteing's powerful inner driving force. In a release, the luxury car manufacturer says that there are "many similarities between the fashion designer and the sports car brand" including boundary pushing and an eye toward the tradition-rich history of the company Rousteing leads into the modern age.

"Olivier Rousteing is not just an authentic Porsche enthusiast, he is also a perfect fit for us with his desire to make Balmain a modern brand with the highest standards of quality and luxury," says Jelena Batic who is responsible for the cooperation at Porsche. "Together, we explore his exceptional driving force in the films by examining the connection between the worlds of sports cars and fashion, which creates relevance for our existing customers, as well as for younger and female target groups."

The series kicked off with a video featuring the Porsche Panamera. It was just the first step in a planned, longer collaboration between Rousteing and Porsche. Further aspects of the partnership are expected to be made public in due course.

Watch the first video below.

Drive Defined with Olivier Rousteing www.youtube.com

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The car incorporates modern and future Lexus design.

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Lexus is putting the pedal down. The company is working to accelerate the production of new models as its moves to diversify its lineup. Currently the brand offers five sedans, eight SUVs, and five coupes, with slightly less than half of those being hybrid variations of other vehicles on the roster.

By 2025, the luxury arm of Toyota will introduce 20 new or improved models, including more than 10 electrified models including battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), and other electric vehicles. The company is also is committed to making sportier versions of their more traditional vehicles.

Lexus aims to be a carbon neutral company throughout the lifecycle of its entire model lineup by 2050. To help achieve that goal, in March 2024 Lexus will open a new business and technical center that will allow various Lexus teams to more cohesively work together.

Lexus LF-Z Electrified: Exterior

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The LF-Z Electrified concept car is a conceptual BEV that puts driving performance, styling, and technology today in one concept car package. The exterior of the mode furthers the Lexus design story, carrying with it many hallmarks of today's vehicle design while infusing new elements. Lines are clean, simple, and directional, drawing the eye forward and back toward simplified design at the face and rear.

It is driven via all four wheels, a technology called Direct4. Lexus says that the system has many advantages, "By controlling the front and rear drive wheels independently, the system can provide the appropriate drive system ...for each driving situation. The system controls the distribution of driving force through the seamless orchestration and calculation of accelerator pedal application and steering wheel operation, resulting in powerful acceleration and exhilarating cornering performance that aligns near-perfectly to the driver's will."

Engineers have given the car the "Lexus Driving Signature", a connected drive experience that made its debut in the refreshed 2021 Lexus IS. This new model is said to raise that driving style to new heights by "evolving the basic performance of the vehicle".

Lexus LF-Z Electrified: Interior

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The BEV hides its battery longitudinally under the floor of the vehicle, attaching it to the chassis and adding rigidity. This, in addition to other design attributes is said to help mitigate vibrations and noises that tens to permeate the cabin.

Lexus designers have created the cockpit with open and minimalist design. Engineers have given the car futuristic tech that interacts with the driver by learning their behavioral traits and patterns. When it does that, the car's infotainment system will be able to offer proposed routes and other lifestyle choices. Mercedes-Benz's infotainment technology already does this.

A panoramic glass roof and simple, molded forms emphasize the car's connection with its environment, according to the automaker. Look closely at it all. Lexus says the design shown here suggests the direction of next-gen Lexus interior styling.

This concept includes numerous technologies already applied in luxury and mass market vehicles, including digital key, which allows phone-as-key technology and makes delivering packages to a vehicle easier. An E-Latch system extends and retracts door handles depending on when they are needed.

Reclining and massaging seats, a next-generation Mark Levinson audio system, and other features complete the Lexus concept car package.

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