Jeff Koons’ BMW Art Car Unveiled

| June 3, 2010 at 7:44 pm

The latest addition to BMW art cars has finally lifted off its covers at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. All set to participate in next week’s 24 hours of Le Mans is the BMW M3 GT2 styled and designed by American artist Jeff Koons.

Koons’ BMW M3 GT2 is the 17th Art Car in the line since the program was created in 1970s when BMW invited artists to design a livery for its 24 Hours of Le Mans  race cars. The first was the Alexander Calder in 1975 with other noteworthy names like Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg or Andy Warhol who have worked on the Bavarian race cars.

With vibrant colors, sharp brush strokes and inspiration from the previous versions, Koon’s call his design “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 BMW M3 GT2 boasts of a 4.0-liter V8 engine with a maximum output of 500 bhp, an upgraded chassis, racing-caliber brakes, and extensive use of lightweight materials.  The car can shoot to 100 mph in 3.4 seconds.

At the 24hrs Le Mans from June 12 to 13, the #79 (in honor of the 1979 Andy Warhol Art Car) race car will be driven by Andy Priaulx (GB), Dirk Müller (DE) and Dirk Werner (DE). Also the standard GT3 car will be raced by Jorg Muller, Augusto Farfus and Uwe Alzen.

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