The American is world famous for his colorful art and the portrayal of politicians, erotic actors and celebrities. Phillips himself is a Porsche enthusiast and amateur racing driver, which influenced his work early on. After he met Jörg Bergmeister, Phillips first designed the helmet for the former Porsche works driver in 2013.
From this, the idea of a complete vehicle design, which was implemented in 2019 arose. The special challenge for the artist was that the design, despite the distance between the spectators, the speed and the fact that the race took place both during the day and at night, was sufficiently effective. The motif of a female face with sunglasses, which was also found on the team's racing suits, was just one of the eye-catching design elements of the vehicle.
All facial details were greatly enlarged parts from the American artist's best-known works to date. Probably the most striking motif of the Porsche are the almost laser-like eyes on the rear, which – mounted directly below the headlights – not only reflected the light from the rear lights, but also that of the approaching vehicles. An effect similar to the irritation found in the animal kingdom to deter predators.
But regardless of whether it was due to the eyes or just the outstanding team performance - together Egidio Perfetti, Patrick Lindsey and Jörg Bergmeister managed to drive the motorized work of art in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in second place in the LMGTE Am class . After the initially victorious Ford GT in this class was disqualified for violating fuel capacity regulations, the Project 1 team and their artistic Porsche were declared class winners. If you want to get an idea of the numerous details of the winning car, the replica from Ixo in scale 1:18 is just the right model.
Porsche 911 RSR #56 Winner LMGTE AM 24h LeMans 2019 Team Project 1 1:18 Ixo: RRP 79,95 €, item-no.: LEGT18027
|Porsche 911 RSR #56 Winner LMGTE AM 24h LeMans 2019 Team Project 1 1:18 Ixo||71,96 €|