Flying Lizard unveils special livery for its Porsche Le Mans program

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 1, 2011

When the cars from the Flying Lizard team line up at the Le Mans 24 hours race, they will be decked out in very special livery. California artist Troy Lee designed the special body-wrapping for the two Porsche vehicles with the No. 80 and No. 81 that Flying Lizard will field for the upcoming race. This livery will feature all of the 28 winners of this race, including drivers Hans Hermann and Richard Attwood.

Troy Lee and the Le Mans team said that the livery is intended to commemorate Porsche’s history at the famous race.

The public will get to see the livery on June 6. The designer talked about how he came up with the theme. He said that he imagined how the colors of the flags of these drivers’ countries can be “put to life on a racecar, as if they were blowing by on the front straight.”

The next step was to create it in 3D to show off the depth and movement of the cars while keeping the integrity of Porsche design. He also talked about how crucial it was to find the right paint.

To develop the custom colors to be lively and to have the correct depth of the metallic colors, they collaborated with PPG Industries. The candy paint was used as a base. Asymmetric shapes were then used as backdrop to give off a sense of speed and to balance the design.

In describing the concept of the Flying Lizard’s design, Troy Lee shared that he started by using the colors on the flags of the country where the drivers came from. The next step was to think how they could be applied to the race car and imagine them blowing straight on. Lee said further that once the theme was decided, it was then time to find a way to make it come to life in three dimensions. The main challenge, Lee continued, was in how to display the movement and depth but ensure that the integrity of the Porsche design was still present.

A key stage of this particular project however was in looking for the right paint, Lee said. The team therefore needed to work considerably with PPG Industries to develop customized colors which are lively and have depth. Starting with candy paint being the base, Lee related, the team made a background of asymmetric shapes in order to complement the design and give it a feeling of speed.

Meanwhile, Porsche Motorsport North America President Jens Walther shared that the company was happy that the Flying Lizard decided to pay tribute to the 28 drivers who have managed to finish at top spots at the Le Mans driving for Porsche. The design displays the commitment that Flying Lizard puts every time they prepare for a race, Walther added. This is the reason why drivers running the Flying Lizard, for the last three years, have been the American Le Mans Series GT champions, Walther added.

It was in the later part of 2010 that Troy Less started the Flying Lizard project. According to Hart, they worked with the team Troy assembled in order to come up with the final concept and design, though it took several months to accomplish it. The racing colors, Hart continued, combine candy paint that has been covered with vinyl, vinyl that was customized to each of the Porsche and was applied at its Iconography Studios shop located in Sonoma.

Each of the vehicles therefore has a clear coat in order to protect its graphics. Hart added that the end result was thrilling indeed as each of the Porsche vehicles is beautiful on its own and appears to hum with energy. The lineup of the drivers of the Flying Lizard is divided into two groupings. The first team will be using the Flying Lizard No. 80, which is the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and under the GTE Pro class.

They will be Lucas Luhr and Joerg Bergmeister from Germany and Patrick Long from the U.S. The second will be running the Flying Lizard No. 81 Porsche under the GTE Am class. Its drivers will be Darren Law, Seth Neiman, and Spencer Pumpelly, all from the U.S.

Press Release

Flying Lizard Reveals Special Livery for Team's First Two-Porsche Le Mans Program

Flying Lizard revealed today a commemorative livery for the No. 80 and No. 81 Flying Lizard Porsches for the 2011 24 Heures du Mans. Created by California-based artist Troy Lee, the livery celebrates the history of Porsche at Le Mans, featuring the 28 drivers who have won the 24 Heures du Mans overall in a Porsche. The No. 80 and No. 81 designs are identical, implemented in complementary colors: candy metallic blue for the No. 80 and candy metallic orange for the No. 81; both anchored by a deep ocean blue. Primary colors provide a backdrop for the driver names and flags which weave throughout the design on the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

The Flying Lizard Porsche livery will be officially unveiled at scrutineering on Monday, June 6 in Le Mans at approximately 13.30 CET (just prior to the scheduled scrutineering time for the No. 80). "2011 is a special year for Flying Lizard at Le Mans: our first time fielding two entries," said Flying Lizard VP of Marketing, Jennifer Hart. "The livery commemorates the heritage of Porsche at Le Mans, starting with drivers Hans Hermann and Richard Attwood, who secured the first overall victory for Porsche in 1970*. The 911 is an ideal canvas for Troy Lee's beautiful tribute to this iconic race."

Troy Lee described the concept of the design, "I started with the vibrant colors of the drivers' country flags: imagining how they could be put to life on a racecar, as if they were blowing by on the front straight. Once we had the theme, we focused on making it come to life in 3D. The challenge was to really show off the depth and movement of these amazing cars, while maintaining the integrity of Porsche design."

Lee continued, "A crucial part of this project was getting the right paint: We worked extensively with PPG Industries to develop these custom colors, both for their liveliness and for the depth of the metallic colors. Using the candy paint as a base, we then created the intricate backdrop of asymmetric shapes to balance the design and create the sense of speed."

President of Porsche Motorsport North America Jens Walther added, "We are proud that Flying Lizard chose to honor the 28 drivers who have stood on the top step of the podium for Porsche at Le Mans. This design exemplifies the effort that Flying Lizard puts into every aspect of their race preparation, and shows why Lizard drivers have won the American Le Mans Series GT championship for the last three years."

Flying Lizard initiated the project with Troy Lee in late 2010. Hart added, "We worked with Troy's team for several months to finalize the concept and design. The livery is a combination of candy paint overlaid with vinyl. The vinyl was custom-tailored to each Porsche and applied at our shop in Sonoma by Iconography Studios. Each car has a clear coat to protect the graphics. We are thrilled with the end result; the Porsches are uniquely beautiful and seem to be almost humming with energy."

Flying Lizard Driver Lineup

Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Patrick Long (USA) and Lucas Luhr (Germany) will team in the Flying Lizard No. 80 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the GTE Pro class. Darren Law (USA), Seth Neiman (USA) and Spencer Pumpelly (USA) will pilot the Flying Lizard No. 81 Porsche in the GTE Am class.

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