Unveiled at the ongoing India Art Fair in New Delhi, it looks fast even when standing still: The BMW M3 GT2, painted by renowned American artist Jeff Koons. The M3 GT2 is a high-performance version of BMW 3 Series. It is powered by a 3,999cc V8 engine that develops a peak output of 500bhp and has a top speed of 300kpl. Since 1975, BMW has invited artists to use its cars as canvases. The first such art on a BMW car was done by American sculptor Alexander Calder (on BMW 3.0 CSL). Over the years, some striking vehicles have been designed, like BMW M1 Group 4 painted by Andy Warhol (the master of pop art) in 1979. The car in the photo, called 17th Art Car for BMW, was done by Koons in 2010. Bright colours and bold streaks make it look fast even when displayed. At the rear, a blasting debris evokes blistering acceleration.
This car, in fact, competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans—the endurance race held annually in France—on June 12, 2010, and the number 79 is a tribute to Warhol’s BMW Art Car from 1979. However, it struggled with technical problems and had to retire after only five hours of racing. BMW Art Cars are not for sale; they form part of BMW’s cultural engagement. However, small replicas of these cars can be bought.