- Source: Porsche AG
Porsche and Pixar collaborate for a good cause.
Who remembers Sally Carrera, who grew tired of a life in the fast lane and made a fresh start as a provincial lawyer in the quiet backwater of Radiator Springs? She was one of the main characters in the animated film “Cars” released in 2006 and was represented by a 2002 blue Porsche Carrera 996.
To celebrate Sally’s 20th birthday, Porsche and Pixar Animation Studios have teamed up to announce the beginning of a special collaboration in spring 2022. To this end, they have created a one-of-a-kind car: a Sally for your own garage – if you’re prepared to go all the way in an auction at Sotheby’s that is. Those in the know will be aware that there is already a Porsche 996 in the style of Sally in the Porsche Museum. Even though this is the case, the existing model, with eyes stuck on the windscreen, is not roadworthy. The new Sally is based on the brand-new Porsche Carrera, which has increased the appeal of the design and manufacture of the unique piece. Boris Apenbrink, Director of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur Vehicles at Porsche AG, said of the project: “It’s been an honour to start designing a modern-day Sally with the creative icons behind the original character”.
The collaboration is also new ground for the Pixar team. Jay Ward, Creative Director at Pixar Animation Studios, said: “We are, for the first time ever, goingto build a brand new, street legal Porsche 911 inspired by the special character we created – Sally Carrera. Only one will ever be made.”
The collectible will be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to two organisations: the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, and Girls Inc., which supports young girls in their mathematics, computer science, science and technology studies. The charity auction matches the film’s lead character; “Sally is a friendly and loving car. She likes to take care of her friends and is always ready to stand up for them.” (Source: disneycars.fandom.com). According to Jay Ward, it was this trait that set the wheels in motion; “We wanted to help, somehow, and as a team we realised we could perhaps harness what we were working on to raise money. The whole project began with the premise that Sally’s character was devoted to helping others and it seems right that this should continue 20 years on.”