It’s been a long time coming, but BMW has finally unveiled its 17th Art Car project, based on the BMW M3 GT2 race car and led by artist Jeff Koons.
For those who don’t know, BMW has started back in the 1970s a special initiative where it invited artists to design the livery for its 24 Hours of Le Mans race cars. Since then, people like Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg or Andy Warhol decorated the Bavarian race cars.
Now, Jeff Koons has joined this privileged group with his own project. The artist combined various images of cars racing and vibrant colors to produce the illusion of movement, even though the car is standing still.
The #79 (in honor of the 1979 Andy Warhol Art Car) race car is a BMW M3 GT2, capable of outputting 500 HP from its 4.0-liter V8 engine. It will be piloted by a crew of Andy Priaulx (GB), Dirk Müller (DE) and Dirk Werner (DE), while the #78 model, decked out in traditional racing livery, will be driven by Jörg Müller (DE), Augusto Farfus (BR), Uwe Alzen (DE).
The car is currently on exhibit at the Forum of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and will be racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance competition between June 12 and 13. In case you’re not visiting France anytime soon, check out the 17th BMW M3 GT2 Art Car by Jeff Koons in the photo gallery below.
Photo Gallery: BMW M3 GT2 Art Car by Jeff Koons