One of them will compete at Daytona and the other in Asia.

BMW’s famous collection of art cars will include two new pieces of automotive sculpture next year when specially designed M6 GT3s by Cao Fei and John Baldessari hit the track. The artists haven’t finished their pieces yet, but they recently showed off some ideas during Art Basel.

Baldessari is an American pop artist, and he already has a design study on a model car (above). His idea starts with a white M6 GT3 and places red and green dots on the front end. There’s a yellow stripe on the hood. He also writes “Fast” in bold letters along the side and paints the wing blue with yellow end caps. The concept is quite minimalist, but we want to see the finished version before judging it. 

“I figured my use of colored dots is kind of an iconic series, so I had to include that. I’m actually advertising myself.” the artist said about his initial concept.

Baldessari‘s final creation will premiere at Art Basel in Miami Beach, Florida, on November 30, 2016. It’ll debut on track a few months later at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January 2017.

Fei is a contemporary artist from China, and she’s still working on her design. According to BMW, she’s researching her idea by visiting the company’s factories in Shenyang, Tiexi, and Munich. Her M6 GT3 will premiere at a museum in summer 2017 and will race in Asia sometime that year.

“The theme of this century is that we enter ‘a landscape of no man’s land’, e.g. autonomous cars and aircrafts and virtual reality. I expect to transcend the current context of ‘cars’ and to embrace new possible ways of expressions,” she said about her inspiration for the art car.

BMW hasn’t put an art car on track since Jeff Koons’ wildly colorful M3 GT2 in 2010. The company started the collection in 1975 when French racer Hervé Poulain asked his friend artist Alexander Calder to paint his 3.0 CSL for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was a fan favorite, and BMW kept working with artists on more of them. There will be 19 vehicles in the collection with the inclusion of Fei and Baldessari’s designs.

Source: BMW

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