Fans of the Bugatti Veyron are quick to say that each and every 250+-mph car is a work of art, regardless of trim level or body style. But Bugatti is not an automaker to pass up an opportunity to spice up its million-dollar cars, so it teamed up with French artist BernarVenet to create what you see here: a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport art car.
The man behind the project: Bernar Venet. Venet's work has graced the halls of the world's biggest and best modern art museums: the Guggenheim and Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Paris Centre Pompidou, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. His work with sculpture has been inaugurated and commissioned by French dignitaries and politicians like Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy, and he is one of only five modern artists to exhibit work at the famous Chateau de Versailles in France.
Unlike most of Venet's work--sculptures, canvasses, the like--his new project is actually capable of transporting itself. His new canvas is a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, the convertible variant of the infamous Bugatti Veyron, which produces roughly 1000 hp thanks to a quad-turbocharged, 8.0-liter W-16 engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, and all-wheel drive. Without any of Venet's upgrades, the car is worth about $2 million.
Venet is an artist who's long been fascinated with the concept of math and science as represented in art, so he wrapped the car's exterior and interior with mathematical symbols and equations. Bugatti says that the equation calculates the power output of the Veyron, although from the photos we're less than convinced. In any event, the caramel brown over deep brown color scheme works well on the curvy hypercar, and we especially like the two tone wheels--reddish brown up front, deep brown out back. Inside, it's a similar two-tone affair: the dashboard is deep brown, which contrasts with the transmission tunnel and seats, which are caramel. Venet emblazoned more equations on the door panels, and the panel between the front seats gets what appears to be his logo, which matches the graphic on the gas cap. Predictably, this work of art is signed, with a logo on the transmission tunnel.
The one-off art car will make its world debut at Art Basel Miami Beach next week.