Rust wraps or patina finished body wraps are the rage in the west these days, especially with chrome, matte or even velvet finished jobs becoming too mainstream. These rust/patina wraps, with their fake rust stains and make-belief scratches, trick the casual beholder into believing that the vehicle is a derelict, until a closer inspection reveals the inside story.
India caught up with the trend recently, as a Porsche 911 (997.1) Carrera S Cabriolet from Kerala was draped in a rust wrap, making it the first known instance of such a wrap going on a vehicle in the country. The wrapping was done in Bengaluru by noted car customization house Motormind Designs, whose claim to fame has to be their outrageous Hyperion-1 sports car concept that made an appearance at the Auto Expo 2016.
The custom made wrap job, apart from giving off the intended, worn-out look, also features the famous Martini Racing livery that has been on some of the most iconic race cars in history, including the Lancia Delta HF Integrale. The wrap on this Porsche is marked with the distinctive dark blue, light blue and red stripes on an off-white background. Apart from the trendy clothes, this particular 911 also has some light modifications including an IPE exhaust system and BBS rims.
This being from the last generation of 911 models, is powered by a 3.8-litre straight-six petrol engine, and is capable of accelerating from naught to 100 kph in 4.7 seconds, on to a top speed of 300 kph. This particular car shares garage space with a Ferrari 458 Italia, a Rolls-Royce Ghost, a Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG, amongst others.