Artist BMW M3 GT2 racer to compete at Le Mans; Jeff Koons unveils design plan
6 April 2010

This is the first look at the latest BMW Art Car design, which will be raced in the GT2 category at Le Mans.

The livery for the BMW M3 GT2 racer is being designed by artist Jeff Koons. It is the 17th BMW Art Car to be created.

See pictures of all the previous BMW art cars

BMW plans new art car: pics

BMW says Koons created this preliminary design concept by looking at the history of race car graphics, light bursts and speed. In a statement, it added that the design is "evocative of power, motion and light".

"These race cars are like life, they are powerful and there is a lot of energy," said 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."

The Art Car will race at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, and be driven by Andy Priaulx, Dirk Muller and Dirk Werner. Another M3 GT3 car will be raced by Jorg Muller, Augusto Farfus and Uwe Alzen.

The final livery design will be unveiled at Paris' Centre Pompidou on 1 June.

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6 April 2010

It will be in my camera in June.

:-)

7 April 2010

You know what? I wish BMW would stop making fancy concept cars and focus on what they do best: mid-size saloons with big engines. I'm a big BMW fan but even I have to admit they're going in the wrong direction.

7 April 2010

Love the BMW art cars, that M1 looks fantastic. Agree with Manofisle above BMW need to get back to basics than continue with the current trend.

7 April 2010

Looks like another good addition to the collection, went to see an exhibition of the cars a few years back and really enjoyed it. Dont see how these cars are any indication that BMW need to return to their roots, that's an entirely different subject - this collection has been going on since the late 60's or 70's - it is a long running tradition and one which doesnt take any sort of focus away from building cars.

7 April 2010

[quote jd28]Dont see how these cars are any indication that BMW need to return to their roots, that's an entirely different subject - this collection has been going on since the late 60's or 70's - it is a long running tradition and one which doesnt take any sort of focus away from building cars.[/quote]

I meant by looking at the older range of cars and then looking at some of the newer stuff BMW could do well to look to the past for inspiration rather than continue down the road they are currently on. 5 and possibly 3 series excluded they are a very dull looking lot.

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