Why we drive: Three Porsche enthusiasts reveal the transformative nature of a sports car and why it is much more than the destination.

VR artwork by Wesley Allsbrook

  • Michael Ardelean
  • Mo Ali
  • Florence Walker

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Michael Ardelean:
A design-minded essentialist seeks balance in the canyons of Los Angeles.

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As a consultant in the fashion world, Michael focuses on creation and optimizing the design process. In his work, he matches an obsession with beauty to a commitment to essentialism. Michael doesn’t like the unnecessary. He doesn’t like frills. He finds them distracting. And it’s for that reason that he seems most at home in his Porsche, the ultimate combination of aesthetics and utility, a car that he uses to clear his mind because it’s only designed for one thing: driving.

Clarity in the Angeles Forest

In the film above, Wesley Allsbrook’s VR artwork takes us into the Angeles forest with Michael to experience the calming affect of nature he describes. Go deeper into her 3-D piece below.

The Power of Painting in VR

The visceral nature of these experiences called for a more immersive kind of storytelling. So, we collaborated with Wesley Allsbrook, an award-winning virtual reality artist, to illustrate each narrative in 3-D. Her pieces allow for deeper engagement with these personal experiences, and can be explored both with and without the associated interview.

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Why We Drive

The design of a Porsche sports car can not be separated from the feeling of driving one. Take the feeling with you anytime below.

718 Boxster photographed in San Francisco by Rennfilms

Why We Drive

The design of a Porsche sports car can not be separated from the feeling of driving one. Take the feeling with you anytime below.

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718 Boxster photographed in San Francisco by Rennfilms

Mo Ali:
A business strategist learns to loosen his grip on logic.

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Mo has a relentless focus on logic, but respects nothing more than people and experiences that challenge his way of seeing the world. Perhaps that's why he found himself so drawn to the raceway and Porsche. Sure, his calculations have a place there: He does exhaustive research before races, identifying the optimal turning angle for minimum gas usage. But once he’s behind the wheel, it’s all about feeling, intuition, and letting go.

Precision on the track

In the film above, Wesley Allsbrook’s VR artwork puts us behind the wheel with Mo and allows us to feel him shift towards letting go. Move through her 3-D piece below.

The Power of Painting in VR

The visceral nature of these experiences called for a more immersive kind of storytelling. So, we collaborated with Wesley Allsbrook, an award-winning virtual reality artist, to illustrate each narrative in 3-D. Her pieces allow for deeper engagement with these personal experiences, and can be explored both with and without the associated interview.

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Why We Drive

The design of a Porsche sports car cannot be separated from the feeling of driving one. Take the feeling with you anytime below.

911 Turbo photographed in San Francisco by Rennfilms

Why We Drive

The design of a Porsche sports car cannot be separated from the feeling of driving one. Take the feeling with you anytime below.

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911 Turbo photographed in San Francisco by Rennfilms

Florence Walker:
A writer unleashes her imagination in the South of France.

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Wit is the core of her sense of identity—and it’s served her well. Part of that charm is an unmistakable mischievousness and a taste for adventure, which led her to an opportunity she will never forget: sitting behind the wheel of a classic Porsche 356 in the South of France. As she describes the experience of driving that car, her trademark wit falls away to reveal a raw, moving take on what it means to escape through fantasy.

Thrills in Provence

In the film above, Wesley Allsbrook’s VR artwork lets us travel with Florence through the South of France, giving us our own visceral taste of the fantasy that comes with escape. Explore her 3-D piece further below.

The Power of Painting in VR

The visceral nature of these experiences called for a more immersive kind of storytelling. So, we collaborated with Wesley Allsbrook, an award-winning virtual reality artist, to illustrate each narrative in 3-D. Her pieces allow for deeper engagement with these personal experiences, and can be explored both with and without the associated interview.

Close

Why We Drive

The design of a Porsche sports car cannot be separated from the feeling of driving one. Take the feeling with you anytime below.

718 Cayman photographed in San Francisco by Rennfilms

Why We Drive

The design of a Porsche sports car can not be separated from the feeling of driving one. Take the feeling with you anytime below.

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718 Cayman photographed in San Francisco by Rennfilms