We can all agree that Porsche’s Taycan is one of the most stunning sedan designs of the last decade at least, right? So it should stand to reason that it would make a tremendous canvas for an art car project. That’s precisely why Shun Sudo’s beautiful new collaboration with Porsche Japan has worked so well.
Sudo was born in Tokyo, but splits his time between Japan and New York City. His art project with the Taycan, then, was an opportunity to combine traditional Japanese ink painting, called Sumi-e, with NYC street art graffiti.
The resulting art car will be on display as part of Porsche’s Taycan Soul Canvas exhibit throughout Japan. The car will make stops in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka in March and April. If you’re in Japan at any point in the next two months, you should definitely track it down, because it looks properly stunning.
The car is stunning, with a white exterior covered by a colorful depiction of button flowers. There are big, bright red flowers and small pink ones splashed alongside yellows and oranges. The colors against the white car, offset by black trim wheels, allow the motif to shine. Sudo said he was very happy to have collaborated with Porsche on the project.
Beginning life as a standard white Taycan Turbo, it was already an incredibly pretty car with lots of power and comfort on tap. With 670 horsepower on tap, and a sub-three second 0-60 time, this is one fast piece of art, and you’ll only ever get to see it when it’s stationary. Once this thing gets up to speed, all you’re liable to see is a blur.
This isn’t the first time Porsche has worked with artists to turn a Taycan into something more. In fact, Porsche worked with Richard Phillips to create the “Queen Of The Night” Taycan to raise $200,000 for charity last year. Porsche Cars Canada commissioned a two-car art battle to showcase Toronto’s urban art culture last November. Porsche Cars Australia worked with contemporary artist Nigel Sense for this stunning piece, NFTs of which were sold to support the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
It’s amazing what artists have done with the Taycan. Here’s hoping this is a trend that won’t fade away any time soon. Maybe someday we can erect an entire museum filled with Taycan art cars.