Sometimes the unexpected collaborations yield the best results. Take the latest joint venture between Palace skateboards and Mercedes’ AMG division (the fast ones). Yes, it’s only been a couple of weeks since the Aime Leon Dore x Porsche 911 was first revealed but that hasn’t stopped another stalwart of the streetwear scene from putting their touch on a fancy automobile.
The focus of this collaboration stems from a racecar, specifically the AMG GT3. One in which the public can actually order if they so choose, but that’s bearing in mind the exorbitant AU$630,000 price tag (before tax). Sounds cheap? How does stripping down the race-ready engine every 40,000km sound? Yeah, this is more a weekend toy and art piece for your garage more than it is a daily driver. In any case, the giant wing should’ve told you that. So, what has Palace actually done to an already potent bit of kit?
Mercedes AMG GT3 Specifications
Price when new: AU$630,000
Engine: 6.2-litre naturally-aspirated, V8
Power: approx. 550hp
Transmission: Six-speed sequential paddle-shift, rear-wheel drive
Performance: 3.0 sec est 0-60mph, 180+ mph est
Weight: 1,285kg steel/carbon fibre
As it turns out, not much. Where the Aime Leon Dore x Porsche 911 collaboration was a front to back mode of artistic expression, the AMG GT3 is a painted canvas with a few finishing touches added on. There are Palace logos littered all over the carbon fibre shell, including the rear quarter panel, side, bonnet and a massive Tri-Ferg on the roof. A maximalist design theory that we’ve seen on Palace collaborations in the past, including the recent Rapha collaboration. Thankfully, there’s a clothing collection that resembles a more tasteful use of branding.
“We love working with the best in their field and AMG are exactly that. We are so proud to be racing a car in such a truly great motorsport institution as The A.D.A.C. Total 24hrs Race,” said a Palace spokesperson.
Starting with the new Palace x AMG logo that you’ll find on the GORE-TEX shell jacket, leather varsity, knit beanie and driving gloves. Just like the race car, there’s a myriad of other sponsors including Bilstein and even the Nurburgring, where the car will race in the A.D.A.C . 24hr.
Be on the lookout for the Palace x AMG collaboration which arrives online on June 4. The AMG GT3 will make its debut at the A.D.A.C Total 24hrs Race from June 3.