So far, at the Monterey Car Week, we’ve seen some pretty spectacular cars. However, one of the cars stealing the show at Laguna Seca is the BMW M3 GT2 Art Car. Despite being six years old now, it’s still a stunning car that manages to turn heads of all passersby.
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BMW’s Art Cars have been around for some time, since the mid-1970’s, in fact. Some very famous artists have had a go on BMW’s racing cars, including Andy Warhol. More recently, Jeff Koons was hired to paint the BMW M3 GT2, in 2010. While Koons had been criticized in the past, his work on the BMW M3 GT2 Art Car has been almost unanimously praised.
Koons spent a lot of time studying race cars and even spent time with BMW and its Rahal Letterman racing team at Sebring, before designing this car. Koons understood that cars, especially racing cars, are almost like living things and can be interacted with. They aren’t just static objects, they’re alive. So he wanted to create a car that looked like it was going fast and was exciting, even when it was standing still.
I think we can all agree that Koons nailed it. The streaking stripes give off a look of lights streaming off the body of the car and it makes it seems like it’s driving at warp-speed. Out back, there’s an explosion of color and debris with two shock wave circles surrounding it. Koon wanted to evoke power, speed, color and emotion, as that’s what he felt actual race cars evoke. It’s a stunning car that looks even better in person. Check the photo gallery below to see live photos of the BMW M3 GT2 Art Car from Laguna Seca.