Three designers were recruited to create the ultimate race car livery.

Voting is open for the inaugural WTCC ART CARS competition as the FIA World Touring Car Championship gears up for its first appearance at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

WTCC Art Cars will combine artistic design and motorsport in spectacular fashion as part of an exciting new partnership between the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the WTCC, the fastest international touring car series.

Three designers were recruited to create the ultimate race car livery. They began with a blank canvas and the challenge of producing a unique design to fire interest among fans and truly capture their imagination. Honda, Polestar (Volvo) and TAG Heuer, the WTCC’s Official Timing Partner, have all submitted designs and fans can now vote for their favourite car artwork online or in person at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Here’s a guide to the three design concepts.

Honda’s creation inspired by fictional racing driver Michel Vaillant

Honda has established a partnership with the Jean Graton Foundation that has resulted in the car – known as the Honda Art Car Jean Graton – carrying a unique livery inspired by – and in the style of – his most famous creation, Michel Vaillant. In 1957, Graton created a fictional racing driver named Michel Vaillant, whose stories were initially published in Tintin, but gained their own outlet two years later. It is the Michel Vaillant stories that are the inspiration for the Honda Art Car Jean Graton.

Swedish Prince Car Philip produces design for Polestar

Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 art car

Prince Carl Philip drives for Polestar Cyan Racing in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. The Swedish prince is the only son of King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden. Alongside his duties for the Swedish crown and his racing programme, the Prince is an active designer with his company Bernadotte & Kylberg AB, working in home interior design, textiles and lifestyle products. The Prince has developed a Swedish them for Polestar’s design.

Street artist Jim Vision behind TAG Heuer car livery

TAG Heuer Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 art car

TAG Heuer celebrates its partnership as the Official Timing Partner of the World Touring Car Championship at the Goodwood Festival of Speed via an avant garde and innovative design concept that showcases their mastery of precision timekeeping and unparalleled heritage in motor racing. The #DontCrackUnderPressure motto perfectly aligns itself with this high octane motorsport which will be depicted in the racing red and black colours on the car. The design will be brought to life by renowned graffiti artist Jim Vision and will be spray painted LIVE for spectators in the Formula 1 paddock. His work will be applied to a Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1.

Fans voting will go into a prize draw to win a VIP weekend at a WTCC race and backstage passes to the Festival in 2017. For more information CLICK HERE


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