Jeff Koons’ BMW art car revealed before 24 hours of Le Mans

Jeff Koons’ BMW art car revealed before 24 hours of Le Mans

Over the past 35 years, BMW has been periodically recruiting famous artists from all over the world to use one of its vehicles as a mobile canvas for their art. Unveiled at a special event yesterday is BMW’s 17th Art Car that greeted the public in the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France.

Designed by American artist Jeff Koons, it is based on the same type of BMW M3 GT2 racer that took first place at this year’s Nurburgring 24 Hours. For its first outing it will compete with the unique livery at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans that runs from June 12 to 13.

Koons initially approached BMW about creating an art car back in 2003, but the project finally came to fruition earlier this year. Over the last four months Koons has worked closely with the BMW Motorsports squad on the application of the graphics to ensure they didn’t have any negative affect on the car’s aerodynamics.

Powering the M3 GT2 is a 4.0-litre V8 engine with a maximum output of 500 bhp while an upgraded chassis, racing-spec brakes, and extensive use of lightweight materials is also part of the racing package.

Many of the 16 previous art cars have also been raced at Le Mans including the very first one created by Alexander Calder in 1975 and the 1999 V12 LMR painted by Jenny Holzer. This year the #79 art car will be driven by Andy Priaulx, Dirk Müller and Dirk Werner.

Over the past 35 years, BMW has been periodically recruiting famous artists from all over the world to use one of its vehicles as a mobile canvas for their art. Unveiled at a special event yesterday is BMW’s 17th Art Car that greeted the public in the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France.

Designed by American artist Jeff Koons, it is based on the same type of BMW M3 GT2 racer that took first place at this year’s Nurburgring 24 Hours. For its first outing it will compete with the unique livery at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans that runs from June 12 to 13.

Koons initially approached BMW about creating an art car back in 2003, but the project finally came to fruition earlier this year. Over the last four months Koons has worked closely with the BMW Motorsports squad on the application of the graphics to ensure they didn’t have any negative affect on the car’s aerodynamics.

Powering the M3 GT2 is a 4.0-litre V8 engine with a maximum output of 500 bhp while an upgraded chassis, racing-spec brakes, and extensive use of lightweight materials is also part of the racing package.

Many of the 16 previous art cars have also been raced at Le Mans including the very first one created by Alexander Calder in 1975 and the 1999 V12 LMR painted by Jenny Holzer. This year the #79 art car will be driven by Andy Priaulx, Dirk Müller and Dirk Werner.

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