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Porsche's Second Skin lets you wrap your car with a new design from $4,500

Porsche's Second Skin lets you...
Taking personalization to the next level with Porsche's Second Skin wrap service
Taking personalization to the next level with Porsche's Second Skin wrap service
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Martini collection design
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Martini collection design
Race livery designed by pop artist Richard Phillips and implemented in Second Skin
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Race livery designed by pop artist Richard Phillips and implemented in Second Skin
A two-tone matt on gloss black wrap
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A two-tone matt on gloss black wrap
A digital stripes wrap in black and gold
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A digital stripes wrap in black and gold
Taking personalization to the next level with Porsche's Second Skin wrap service
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Taking personalization to the next level with Porsche's Second Skin wrap service

Porsche is opening up a whole new world of personalization options with its Second Skin service, which lets you choose a design wrap for your car through an online configurator, for somewhere between €4,000-6,000 (US$4,500-6,800). Oh, and it's not just for Porsches.

If you've got the dough for such cosmetic indulgences, wraps are great. They allow you to completely redesign the look of your car to something much more unique while quietly protecting the paint underneath and the associated resale value. With Second Skin, Porsche is aiming to make this process an absolute breeze.

It's an online service. You find your car, then choose a new look for it, then put your order in, and when the foils are ready, somebody will come and pick up your car in a van, go away and wrap it, then bring it back. Alternatively, you can drive to the nearest provider yourself.

The designs available at the moment are pretty basic, and for now there are only four cars ready to go in the online configurator – a couple of 911s and a couple of 718s. Wraps currently in the system range from simple solid colors, to some nice subtle two-tone black-on-black jobs like this:

A two-tone matt on gloss black wrap
A two-tone matt on gloss black wrap

To some slightly more adventurous stripey looks, like the one in the headline photo up top, to more interesting pixellated designs:

A digital stripes wrap in black and gold
A digital stripes wrap in black and gold

And finally to a Martini race-inspired collection of wraps:

Martini collection design
Martini collection design

But eventually, there are going to be a ton more cars to work with, including non-Porsche models, and an expanding range of designer looks that could potentially take things right out there. As an example, check out this race livery implemented through the Second Skin program, featuring a collection of works by New York Pop Artist Richard Phillips:

Race livery designed by pop artist Richard Phillips and implemented in Second Skin
Race livery designed by pop artist Richard Phillips and implemented in Second Skin

Really, once this system is up and running properly, there shouldn't be any reason why you couldn't upload a picture of your own ugly mug and have it wrapped around your car – or anything else, for that matter.

Second Skin becomes available as of July.

Source: Porsche Second Skin

4 comments
diablo
Tell me is there a link in English for the second skin web site? Please let me know if there is one!
owlbeyou
Still can't tell if this Second Skin is an applique wrap or a paint job, but it's a great idea since there's so many Porsches on the streets and owners may jump on the chance to personalize their cars. Makes me wonder how well this method ages.
Signguy
owlbeyou: this is a vinyl wrap; printed High Performance Vinyl applied over the existing paint.
owlbeyou
Thanks for that Signguy. So if it's a vinyl wrap, it must be PVC, which has a strong resistance to UV light, but I would still hesitate to leave the car in the sun. The effect is amazing tho.