Former Porsche designer patents new supercarAugust 11, 2020
Patent drawings of a new supercar have appeared in the database of the Japanese Patent Office. The as-yet-unknown sports car is depicted by none other than Pinky Lai Ping.
AutoWeek found an interesting set of sketches in the Japanese Patent Office database. The patent images show a model of as yet unknown production.
The mid-engined supercar has a relatively understated design with a rounded nose that houses fairly simple headlights. The still unnamed newcomer, which looks a bit like the profile of an Audi R8 from the side, has a diffuser built into the rear, which is sort of split into two levels. The round lights embedded deep in the rear panel have a turbine-like appearance, just like the wheels. The doors open onto the roof like the 2005 Ford GT.
A company called Automobile Ping Pinky Lai has filed a patent application. This is what makes the mysterious newbie interesting. From 1989 to 2014, Hong Kong-based designer Pinkie Lai was responsible for the appearance of various Porsche models, including the Spiegelei-911 (996), the second-generation Cayman and Boxster, and the third-generation BMW 3-Series (E36).
Pinkie Lai is currently the Chairman and CEO of Brainchild Design Consultants, so the designer is clearly still active in the design field. It is possible that the car on the patent plates is a design example for some Chinese manufacturer.
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