Discovering Porsche with Dua Lipa
Global pop phenomenon Dua Lipa starts her Porsche journey with all the feels
Dua Lipa sitting on bonnet of Porsche Taycan Turbo
The story starts here. Join chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning British singer-songwriter Dua Lipa as she visits the Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles
Hands firmly gripping the steering wheel of a Porsche Taycan Turbo saloon, launch control engaged, Dua Lipa awaits the go ahead from the Porsche Drive Coach sitting next to her. Ahead of Dua is the long Acceleration Straight at the Porsche Experience Center LA. “Three… two… one… RELEASE THE BRAKE!”As the full power of Launch Control kicks in, it sends the chart-topping British singer-songwriter up the straight at a speed that will see her hit 100km/h in a touch over three seconds. As she engages the brakes and begins to slow, a grin appears on Dua’s face.
Dua Lipa at the wheel of a Porsche Taycan Turbo
Ready for take-off: Dua Lipa prepares to experience the power of Launch Control in a Porsche Taycan Turbo
“That was really exciting,” says a smiling Dua. “I think we’re going to have to do that again! I feel like I was flying. My heart was…” Dua clutches her hand to her chest to mimic the action of a beating heart.
Dua Lipa looking through passenger window of Porsche Taycan Turbo
Dua spent a day getting to grips with Porsche at the Porsche Experience Center LA
Dua Lipa Born and brought up in London, the daughter of Kosovo Albanian parents, Dua Lipa has become a global pop phenomenon since debuting with her eponymously titled album in 2017. In just a short space of time, there have been three Grammy Awards, six Brit awards and even two Guinness World Records. Such success requires dedication, of course – although that obviously means that Dua values those moments when she can switch off and just have fun. And right now, right here, she is certainly having that – just like the other visitors to the Porsche Experience Center LA, who probably weren’t expecting to find an award-winning music artist joining them to discover Porsche under the Californian sun.For Dua, today is all about the start of this journey of discovery. Her day – like every visitor to Porsche Experience Centers across the world – is the chance to learn about Porsche and, of course, drive the cars.
Dua Lipa in rear view mirror of Porsche
This is what it’s like to drive a Taycan Turbo – without using words
Discovering PorscheWhat do you drive next after the thrill of experiencing Launch Control in a Taycan Turbo? How about the fastest car in the current Porsche range? Dua has never driven a 911 Turbo S before, but it doesn’t take long before it becomes apparent that they are going to get along famously. There are yelps of excitement as Dua is encouraged to power through a corner to test the astonishing levels of grip. And, on the Low-Friction Circle, where jets of recycled water drench the track to test your handling powers, it soon becomes clear that Dua is having so much fun. As she exits the 911 Turbo S, she looks back and says: “I want to take it home with me.”
Dua Lipa in driver’s seat of Porsche Taycan Turbo
On her day at the Porsche Experience Center LA, Dua discovered Porsche cars new and classic
Dua Lipa meets a classic Porsche 911Dua has spoken many times about her desire to keep on learning, to discover new things. It’s led her to starting her own book club, where each month she recommends a book to her many followers. Learning all about Porsche feels part of that process of discovery. It continues on track with a rather different Porsche to the two modern examples she has just driven.It’s time for a spot of Porsche history for Dua – and it begins in the form of a 911 Carrera (G-Series) in the particularly eye-catching shade of Oak Green Metallic. Sparkling in the LA afternoon sunshine, it really catches the eye of Dua who, after a quick spin around the track decides that it’s time to take out her phone and snap a few pics of it. “I’m really obsessed with this colour,” she says, placing her hand on the bonnet.
Dua Lipa sits in Porsche Taycan Turbo with Porsche instructor
After a run-through session with a Porsche Drive Coach, Dua got behind the wheel and experienced the fun of driving a Taycan first hand
Afterwards, it’s time to head back to the workshop area of the Porsche Experience Center where cars are cared for by Porsche experts. Here, a Porsche 962 racecar that was campaigned in the North America’s IMSA championship from 1984-1986 catches Dua’s eye. She leans down to inspect it further – its sleek profile means that it sits extremely close to the ground – peering into the cockpit, intrigued by its tight, race-focused seating position. It’s another piece of knowledge gathering by the intrigued pop star. This is the start of the story, but Dua Lipa is already all in.
Reflection of Dua Lipa in bonnet of Porsche Taycan Turbo
Porsche reflections: a busy day at the Porsche Experience Center for Dua, but there’s still time for some shared memories for her Instagram followers
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