BMW M6 GTLM Art Car created by John Baldessari

The 17th member of the BMW Art Car collection has been created by one of California's most well known conceptual artists

The newest addition to BMW’s Art Car linage has arrived, unveiled at this year’s edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach, Florida.

2016’s inductee into the 40 year old Art Car club is an M6 GTLM racer, painted by “American master of conceptual art” John Baldessari.

The 577bhp racer will be on display until the closing of Art Basel on 4 December, after which it will enter competition. An appearance at the 2017 Rolex 24 hours at Daytona in late January will mark the new Art Car’s full racing debut.

Gallery: BMW's Art Cars come to London

Explaining his work, Baldessari said “I entered unchartered territory, not just in terms of the subject, but moving from two- to three- dimensional art.

“The ideas came all at once: for instance, the red dot on the roof, so you can see it from above, FAST on one side and a picture of the car on the other side. I like the ambiguity, having two-dimension and three-dimension at the same time. 

While contemporary art isn’t our specialism at Auto Express, we’re assured that this is trademark Baldessari work – the colourful, minimalist dots are one of his most well known stylistic devices.

As for the car itself, the 6 Series racer uses a turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 developing up to 577bhp, while weight is kept below 1,250kg.

Since 1975, a total of 17 internationally renowned artists have contributed to the BMW Art Car collection, road cars and racers alike. Baldessari’s creation lines up against BMWs conceived by the likes of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney and Jeff Koons.

The 18th BMW Art Car will appear next summer, created by Chinese contemporary artist Cao Fei.

Which BMW Art Car is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below…

Recommended

New BMW Concept XM previews sporty XM production car due in 2022
BMW Concept XM - front studio
BMW

New BMW Concept XM previews sporty XM production car due in 2022

The new BMW Concept XM hints at a sporty V8 plug-in hybrid production SUV
30 Nov 2021
Old BMW M badge relaunched to celebrate division’s 50th birthday
Old BMW M badge
BMW

Old BMW M badge relaunched to celebrate division’s 50th birthday

The classic BMW motorsport emblem will be available on several M cars next year, as a nod to the company’s half-century racing pedigree
24 Nov 2021
New BMW i Vision Circular concept showcases brand’s view of a sustainable future
BMW i Vision Circular - Munich front
BMW

New BMW i Vision Circular concept showcases brand’s view of a sustainable future

The new BMW i Vision Circular concept is a vision of a 2040 hatchback made entirely from recycled and recyclable materials
6 Sep 2021
New 2022 BMW iX5 Hydrogen revealed ahead of Munich motor show
BMW iX5 hydrogen
BMW

New 2022 BMW iX5 Hydrogen revealed ahead of Munich motor show

Despite still being under development, BMW will offer show-goers passenger rides in its upcoming hydrogen-powered iX5 SUV
18 Aug 2021

Most Popular

Volkswagen Polo vs SEAT Ibiza vs Hyundai i20: 2021 group test review
Volkswagen Polo Hyundai i20 SEAT Ibiza - header
Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo vs SEAT Ibiza vs Hyundai i20: 2021 group test review

The facelifted Volkswagen Polo goes up against the SEAT Ibiza and Hyundai i20 in this supermini showdown
4 Dec 2021
New seven-seat Dacia Jogger priced from £14,995
Dacia Jogger - Munich front
Dacia Jogger

New seven-seat Dacia Jogger priced from £14,995

Pre-orders open for the new Dacia Jogger ahead of 2022 deliveries, and low prices make it Britain’s cheapest seven-seater
1 Dec 2021
New Hyundai i20 N Line 2022 review
Hyundai i20 N Line - front
Hyundai i20 Hatchback

New Hyundai i20 N Line 2022 review

The new Hyundai i20 N Line hatch offers fun without the hot N car’s compromises
3 Dec 2021