BMW will be competing in the GT2 category at this years Le Mans this 12-13th June, 2010. The chosen car is the M3 GT2, which if you remembered a version of it had a glorious outing at the recent 24hrs Nurburgring Endurance Race by winning it. The unique this about this race car is that it is the 17th BMW art car of which famous contemporary artists like the late Andy Warhol and the late Roy Lichtenstein have put their touches on previous art cars. These previous art cars are famous and have traveled the world, going from art display to art display. I was fortunate to see a few when some of these cars were displayed at the PETRONAS art gallery in Suria KLCC in Kuala Lumpur sometime ago. But I like this particular model as it really looks fast while standing still.
This latest BMW art car has been worked on by Jeff Koons. While he has previously collaborated with BMW on an art car in 2003, this latest one took him months as he started working on it in February of this year. 'These race cars are like life, they are powerful and there is a lot of energy,' said Mr Koons. 'You can participate with it, add to it and let yourself transcend with its energy. There is a lot of power under that hood and I want to let my ideas transcend with the car .......it's really to connect with that power.' I think he succeeded doing so pretty well. It looks like the colours came from the Speed Racer movie.
The speed emulating design was first created on a computer and then into a digital print on car wrapping vinyl for a painstaking application to the M3 GT2. The process of using vinyl stickers is exactly the same all the cars the matte black or matte grey cars that is popular in the market today. Those days everything was actually painted, painstakingly by the artists and their assistants. Look at how technology has made things much easier, even art.
This 500bhp M3 GT2 is presumed to be prepared only for the upcoming Le Mans as by September, this car will be displayed at the BMW museum in Munich.