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.