- Ready to race
- Decorated by artist Rice
- A true collectible
The Porsche 997, which appeared in dealerships in 2004, was the sixth generation of the Porsche 911 sports car developed by the prestigious German manufacturer. It was also the most successful 911, actually, by the third quarter of 2007, 100,000 units were sold. This record for Porsche may be explained by, amongst other things, the many versions of the 997. The Coupée Carrera and Carrera S appeared in July 2004, followed several months later by their convertible versions. Then all the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S came out in November 2005, followed by the 911 with sunroof called the Targa 4 and Targa 4S, and the sports versions GT3, GT3 RS and Turbo in 2006 while the 997 GT2, the most powerful, only appeared in 2007. Porsche obviously sold a competition version for the Porsche Carrera Cup Championship in which many teams compete annually for the title.
This new 997 Cup was sold to a Belgian team that ran in the Belgian Championship from 2006 to 2008. It was then stored for several years before being sold to a driver from the French Riviera. Racing with several different cars, he even participated in the Pikes Peaks hill climb in 2014 with a Porsche 993 Cup, and is known for being a very good driver on very different type cars. Again in 2015, the plan was to run Pikes Peaks in a Porsche, and being a great fan of Contemporary Art, to entrust this car to an artist to decorate it. Rice, a young artist from Nice, was given the job. This artist closed to Street Art, works mainly with resins and plexiglass. He started with a clean sheet. Rice did not merely transpose the visual world on to this car. His aim was the suggestion and sensation of speed. The line is clear, the colors are bold. But ultimately, for personal reasons, the driver canceled his participation in the Pikes Peaks hill climb and the car onoffer after having received a complete mechanical overhaul (engine/transmission) by the Garage Zigzag, at the Luc track. This stunning mobile sculpture is presented 'ready to run'. With its 400bhp, it is a monster of a car, a rolling laboratory equipped with all the precision and technicality of Porsche.