We love a good art car and this OAK Racing Costa machine is no exception. Designed by artist and sculptor Fernando Costa, the car blends two disparate themes into one: the iconic Le Mans circuit and road safety. However, that in itself is not what makes this LMP2 car special; it’s unique because it exists first and foremost as a work of art.
That’s right, this was not an art car to be raced. It had already completed its fast-paced life at Le Mans, with the LMP2 machine claiming two top-three finishes, one in 2008 and the other in 2010. Instead, Costa set about turning this retired racer into a hand-crafted sculpture.
The process started with Costa inserting 1000 rivets into the carbonfibre prototype. This allowed him to add a second skin of sheet steel, a perfect canvas for the French designer to cover with a whopping 250kg of enamelled road signs. The whole process took two months, which isn’t all that surprising when you consider that the design required more than 20,000 welds.
The end result is a sculpture that has a different feel compared to the iconic art cars that have come out of Munich. It’s a racing prototype that’s rough and jagged around the edges, a look completely at odds with its original organic shape. Quite simply, it shouldn’t work, but it does, which makes it all the more disappointing that it hasn’t received the publicity it deserves.
BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of watching a MotoGP race, you’ll know it’s a far more exciting spectacle than the predictable ‘follow the leader’ world of Formula 1. The tracks are varied, the riders are fearless and for the 2016 season, the grid has been graced by arguably the coolest safety car ever produced.
Revealed back in February, we’ve seen this custom BMW M2 before, but we couldn’t resist having another look around it at Paris. The exterior has been treated to a retro M Sport livery, a whole host of carbonfibre aero bits and a whopping great DTM-like wing. It’s one hell of a mean-looking machine and it backs up its bodyguard looks with impressive on-track performance.
Adjustable suspension - which sits the car 20mm lower – is vital for quick set-up changes, the electronically adjustable exhaust is pure engineering pornography and the gold roll cage not only looks great but also adds greater structural rigidly. If BMW were to build an M2 ‘Performance’, we like to think this is what it’d look like.
Unfortunately, a more extreme M2 doesn’t look like it’s on the cards any time soon, but that doesn’t have to stop you. If you want your very own safety car replica, most of the extreme additions are M Performance parts available through your local dealer (although the flashing LED roof lights are not available).