Mobile Masterpieces: The History of BMW's Art Cars

BMW M3 GT2 Art Car
Jeff Koons BMW M3 GT2 Art Car Unveiling 2

Bystanders will have plenty to take in at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, but one car -- a wildly painted BMW M3 GT2 -- will turn more heads than any other car lapping the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Although it will be battling for a place in the winner’s circle, the M3 is more than just a GT2 competitor -- it also happens to be BMW’s 17th Art Car, a project that melds German engineering with world renowned artists. Previous projects have been showcased in venues as varied as the Louvre, the Guggenheim, and pit row at Le Mans.

Since the latest Art Car will have its fifteen minutes (or 24 hours) of fame this weekend, we found it fitting to run through all of BMW’s mobile masterpieces -- some of which were given the opportunity to compete in Le Mans endurance races of long ago.

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soupedupmoe
Interesting tradition from BNW. my favorite is the 92 3-series(#13), but the old flame motif in the 82 (#3) is nicely done too. The design in #15 must have been thought up the night before. interesting article.
gep10
Very well written and researched article!!
carmom
Great article!! I never thought of cars as art but this discussion helped me to appreciate what these artists did. Very cool!

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