Essmanngreen is the newest PTS color, named after one of Porsche's biggest fans.
A Porsche owner was just bestowed one of the greatest honors by the company: his very own Porsche Paint to Sample color named after him. The cars you see here are painted in the newly-christened Essmanngreen, which is now available on Porsche's 2023 R Paint to Sample range under color code 24C, which can be specced on the Porsche 911, 718, and Taycan.
Michael Essmann has been painting his Porsches in the rich green color since 1992, using the brand's Paint to Sample Plus option to have it custom-mixed for him every time. The color originates from his family business Elektro Essmann, a master workshop for electrical installations and solar panel systems.
The shade was originally created through the Custom Color process for his 964-generation 911 Carrera RS 3.6 thirty years ago but was subsequently used on his 997 GT3 RS 4.0 and his 992 GT3 Touring. After painting a few vehicles in the shade over the years, Porsche eventually took notice.
Last year, the company announced it was expanding the Paint To Sample range due to a greater capacity at the Zuffenhausen plant; this led to Essmanngreen being even more refined and professionalized before it was applied to his 992 911 GT3 Touring.
The upgrades allowed the specialists to blend several dozen ingredients to recreate the shade. Porsche even says that with binding agents and additives included, the color contains over 100 ingredients. The Paint To Sample process is a tad extreme, and also means the colors need to be formulated individually to stick to the Aluminum, plastics, and carbon fiber/fiberglass of the vehicle. With the new workshop, the old Essmanngreen had to be reworked to be usable with all the new cars and processes.
The company first added the color to the Paint to Sample Plus program until it received technical approval to be moved over to Paint to Sample. The process was started by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, which also painted a 992 911 GT3 RS in the color for exhibition purposes.
"My very first Porsche was a 911 SC in 1978 with which I also graduated from the Sport Driving School," recalls Michael Essmann. "It was painted Opal Metallic. It was only later that I had the idea of using the color of our family business for my private cars too. But every time I pick up a new Porsche in this very special color it's a great feeling. And to know that I'm the originator of this color named after me."
Essmann didn't just stop at painting his new 992 in the family color though. Utilizing Porsche's Exclusive Manufaktur program, he also added a Porsche logo to the side based on heritage design models and personalized the interior. Based on the 964 RS, the seat centers have a cascading Slate Grey and Canyon color design and there is also trim made of carbon. The Touring logo is then stitched into the headrests in a red thread which also matches the company colors.
The Paint to Sample program has grown in recent years, which is why Porsche felt the need to upgrade the facility. Customers can choose from over 110 different shades to paint their own car, which is an impressive range that leads to some very rare hues. Essmanngreen will now join the colorful cast, available to order from March 2023, and may soon adorn cars around the world like the upcoming 718 RS Spyder. Pretty cool if you ask us.
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