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After a break of four years since David Hockey’s 850CSi BMW returned to its roots with the 15th Art Car – it was going racing again! Art Cars The 15th machine in the series: Jenny Holzer’s V12 LMR.
As BMW’s Art Car project started with racing cars one could argue that over the ensuing years it’s used far too many road cars, and even when it did choose to adorn its racing cars they were never used in anger on track – witness the two E30 M3s and the E36 Touring Car that never went near a circuit. The first four cars all took part in the #Le-Mans 24-Hour and 1999 saw a return with Jenny Holzer’s V12 LMR.
The work of Jenny Holzer, who was born in Ohio, USA, in 1950, cannot be put into conventional categories. Since the late seventies, she has rejected traditional forms of expression such as representational painting, working with words instead of pictures. Messages in the form of LED lettering are arranged together with carved plaques, benches or sarcophaguses made of stone to make up complete installations. It is this interplay of language, objects and context as equal elements that render her work so unique and makes her one of the most consistently exhibited artists worldwide. The Art Car designed by the American concept artist was adorned with messages which she said, “Will probably never become void”. Bold statements in capitals such as ‘Protect me from what I want’ and ‘What urge will save us now that sex wont?’ were emblazoned on the car.
Her concept is based on traditional colours and materials used in motor racing. To allow the characteristic blue and white BMW colours to remain visible during the 24-hour race at Le Mans, she used reflecting chrome letters and phosphorescent colours. During the day the sky is reflected in the letters, during the night the foil is desorbing the saved daylight in blue. Except that the car never raced at Le Mans, although it was one of three V12 LMRs that was used for the preliminary qualification in May, for the actual race BMW elected to use the more traditionally liveried cars. It would have been disappointing had BMW left it at that, but fortunately the car did compete in its Holzer livery in a round of the American Le Mans Series in 2000 at Road Atlanta for the Petit Le Mans. Sadly by this time the LMRs were no longer competitive and had to play second fiddle to the Audis with the Holzer car coming in a distant fourth place.Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
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For its 14th Art Car BMW persuaded pop art artist extraordinaire, David Hockney, to decorate its range topping coupé, the 850CSi.
Some artists took a little persuading to become involved in BMW’s #Art-Car project and #BMW-E31-David-Hockney was one of them, taking his time with his decision. He thought about it thoroughly. “I kept saying no because I wasn’t sure what to do,” he commented.
Born in England in 1937, David Hockney has been one of the most flamboyant and influential protagonists on the international art scene since the early sixties. He completed his studies at the London Royal College of Art in 1962 and soon belonged to the elite circles of ‘swinging London’. With his work he developed his very own form of international pop art and achieved great popularity. The subject of his work is people and their environment. His pictures depicting the sun, swimming pools, palms and blue skies are particularly well known.
“BMW gave me a model of the car and I looked at it time and time again”, said Hockney commenting on the process of creating the #ArtCar . “Finally, I thought it would be a good idea to show the car as if one could see inside.” Hockney literally turned the car inside out, making it transparent through unique perception. The bonnet sports a stylised reproduction of the engine’s intake manifold and the driver is visible through the door. Details from an abstract landscape render this sensual driving experience perceptible.
“The car has wonderful lines which I followed,” he said. “It wasn’t really about intricate little painting on the surface of it, I thought, well, what would be good would be to perhaps draw the car.” Hockney painted a whimsical addition on the back seat on the driver’s side – one of his beloved dachshunds – although he did admit that it couldn’t actually have been one of his dogs as they always sat up front with him when he was driving!Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
- Post is under moderationDaytona’s a damp squib for BMW. BMW struggled for pace in the #GTLM class at the #Rolex-24-Hours at #Daytona-Speedway , the first round of the #2017-IMSA-WeatherTech-SportsCar-Championship . Prior to the event there was quite the razzmatazz around the BMW entry as it would be competing in the 19th Art Car, the #BMW-M6-GTLM / #BMW-M6 / #BMW / designed by John Baldessari. The #Art-Car made its race debut at what proved to be a very tricky event, hampered by wet weather and a multitude (21) of full course yellow flag phases – the longest of which lasted for over two hours.
The M6s performed well in free practice, but when it came down to qualifying the two #BMW-Team-RLL cars in the GTLM class were resoundingly put in their place by the rest of the class entrants which comprised four Fords, two Porsches, two Corvettes and a solitary Ferrari. The Art Car (no. 19) driven by Bill Auberlen went round in 1:44.759 while the other M6 GTM piloted for qualifying by John Edwards recorded a time of 1:44.974 which equated to tenth and eleventh on the grid, or to put it another way, second last and last. Had there been a few hundredths of a second in between the GTLM entrants it wouldn’t have been so bad, but when you considered that Ford’s Joey Hand set a pole lap that was nearly a second a half faster than the BMWs one could tell that it was going to be a tough 24 hours for BMW.
However, to finish first, first you have to finish, or so says one of the oldest expressions in motor racing so the BMW team was hopeful of a trouble free race for its cars which could well have put them in the mix towards the end of the race.
Sadly this plan went out of the window early on when the 24 car encountered technical problems that necessitated a gearbox change and ultimate retirement from the race before it had completed 15 laps. Fortunately the Art Car managed to soldier on until the end through some truly appalling conditions but in the final analysis it was nowhere near the class leaders. Just a simple glance at the fastest race laps from each car again demonstrated that the M6s weren’t on the pace, with the M6s the slowest two cars in the class – 0.8 seconds slower than the quickest car. Ultimately the M6 #BMW-M6-GTLM-F13 finished in eighth position in class, a lap behind the top seven cars which were only separated by seven seconds when they crossed the finishing line as the extended periods of yellow flag running had kept the field pretty well bunched at times.
It must have been hugely disappointing for BMW to not to have put a show on for its many fans, but ultimately it’s the Balance of Performance regulations which are to blame as the M6 is obviously being unfairly penalised. Hopefully the organisers of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will see fit to make some amends before the next round.
It wasn’t all bad for BMW though as the #Turner-Motorsport-M6 in the GTD class made a good showing in an absolutely packed GTD field of 27 cars. At one stage the Turner car was vying for the class lead but unfortunately it had a tangle with a GTLM car (in which the Turner driver was completely blameless) which necessitated a track rod change and shortly after it suffered a rear puncture resulting in another unscheduled stop. Without these problems and another one right at the end where the car inexplicably stopped on the banking seemingly for no reason the Turner M6 could well have been on for a podium finish which would have been an exceptional result in such a packed and competitive field.Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.