Garage Italia Customs and BMW Italy have teamed up to create a unique i8 “Futurism Edition” to celebrate half a decade of BMW history in Italy.

It was 1966 when BMW officially entered the Italian market and now the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car has received a special livery to celebrate the 50-year milestone. The pattern of the one-off body wrap was inspired by the 1909 “Street Light” ("Lampada ad Arco") oil painting by Giacomo Balla because BMW Italy and Garage Italia Customs thought it would be the most appropriate to show off what the i8 stands for.

BMW provided the i8 and GIC was in charge of creating the tailor-made film which had to be carefully applied on the car’s avant-garde body that looks as if it came from the future. The painting which served as inspiration is on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and depicts a street lamp powered by electricity under moonlight. With BMW previewing an electrified future with its "i" range, it make sense that "Street Light" was the foundation of this unique wrap.The i8 Futurism Edition is the latest example of many special cars that were modified for the sake of art, with BMW having a long tradition with art cars. The first one was a 3.0 CSL which in 1975 received a special livery created by Alexander Calder. Right now there are 17 models part of the BMW Art Car Collection, with the most recent one being a 2010 M3 GT2 designed by Jeff Koons.

While the i8 Futurism Edition is not an official BMW Art Car, it does follow a similar philosophy and comes to accentuate BMW’s vision for the future of mobility. The “i” lineup currently has only two members, the i3 and i8, but these will be joined in 2021 by a new pure electric flagship model which will also boast autonomous driving technology.

Source: BMW Italia, Garage Italia Customs

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