Porsche brings to life Sally Carrera from the famous movie 'Cars'

The Porsche 911 looks like it leaped off the screen into our hearts.
Loukia Papadopoulos
The beloved Sally Carrera has come to life.

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  • The Porsche 911 Sally Carrera looks like it leaped off the screen.
  • The project began in November 2021.
  • The car will now be auctioned for charity.

The 2006 major motion picture Cars caused quite some stir in its day. The film and its main characters were beloved by many.

Bringing Sally Carrera to life

Perhaps that’s why Porsche and Pixar decided to join forces to deliver the famous lead in the film called Sally Carrera, according to a press release by the car company. Sally Carrera was a Porsche 911 and melted our hearts with her cute and welcoming personality.

Now, she has come to life.

“Vehicles need a face and a story. And the animated Pixar's film 'Cars' has impressively transferred done just that: brought cars to life on the big screen,” said in the statement Dr. Sebastian Rudolph, Vice President Communications, Sustainability, and Politics at Porsche AG.

“The story conveys values such as friendship, love, and mutual support - and in the middle of it all is a Porsche: 'Sally Carrera.' Together with Pixar, we have brought the spirit of Sally to life in a new way, not on the screen but off the screen. With this one-off street legal 911, the 'Sally Special,' which we are auctioning for charity, we want to help people who urgently need support, quite in keeping with the spirit of the film character.”

Creating a real version of the animated car was no easy task. The project began in November 2021 and was only completed recently. It was, however, an enjoyable journey for both companies involved.

The 911 Sally Special 2022 by Porsche.
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“We had great fun creating 911 Sally Special, and it's the first time we've worked on a project of this kind," said Jay Ward, Creative Director of Franchise of Pixar Animation Studios.

“We decided early on that we wanted to create a completely drivable 911 – inspired by Sally Carrera, but just not an exact copy. Sally Carrera loves to drive – that was our inspiration. We asked ourselves: if Sally were built today as a road-approved model, what would she look like?"

An effort that paid off

The engineers encountered many challenges when bringing the car to life.

“911 Sally Special is based on the fastest and most agile variant of the 911 Carrera model line, the 911 Carrera GTS. The car is equipped with a manual gearbox, tapping into Sally Carrera's passion for driving,” explains Boris Apenbrink, Director of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur vehicles.

“The customization elements are detailed and extensive. 911 Sally Special was one of the most intense, emotional, and detailed Sonderwunsch projects our team has worked on. One example is that the car is painted in Sallybluemetallic, a custom paint that was hand-applied specifically for this project. We also thought of Sally's tattoo, of course. Implementing that was a very special challenge."

One look at Sally Carrera, however, and you realize it was well worth the effort. The car seems like it leaped off the screen into reality and into our hearts. It will now be auctioned for charity by RM Sotheby's on Saturday, 20 August, during Monterey Car Week in California.

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