BMW Art Car #18
BMW released their latest art car last week and Chinese artist Cao Fei made a stunning offering. This was the 18th version of a BMW Art Car. She used technology, including an app, to allow an interactive approach to the artwork. Ironically the 19th BMW Art Car was released earlier than this version. You can’t rush artists I guess.
Cao Fei is quoted as saying, “The #18 Art Car questions the existence of the boundaries of the human mind. We are entering a new age, where the mind directly controls objects and where thoughts can be transferred, such as unmanned operations and artificial intelligence.”
The chassis itself is a BMW M6 GT3 racecar with the original carbon black. The car is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 engine with twin turbo’s. That translates to 585 hp with a six-speed sequential racing transmission.
It took three years to develop the car after she was selected as the artist. But this art work doesn’t just sit on a gallery floor. It will be raced by BMW works driver Augusto Farfus at the FIA GT World Cup in Macau in November, 2017.
The BMW Art Car Collection
BMW Art Cars started as a formal tradition in 1975 and Alexaner Calder crafted a BMW 3.0 CSL that subsequently raced at 1975 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. BMW houses the cars in a Munich, Germany museum. Notable artists include Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and others.
BMW Art Car #19
In November, 2016 a BMW GTLM was unveiled by artist John Baldessari as another BMW Art Car (#19) and it raced at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January, 2017.
Many companies sponsor art competitions or have artwork at their companies. But not many go to the extent that BMW does. We always look forward to their next release.
The i3 is BMW’s answer to the hybrid world. It is the all electric answer from Germany for sustainable cars. But seeing these cars in person, might be harder than finding a public accessible plug in spot!
i3 carbon body and carbon footprint
The i3 uses carbon fiber strengthened plastic in the body panels and the use of electricity and their lithium ion battery should lower the carbon footprint of the car that goes 0-60 in seven seconds. Electric cars are known for their instant on thrust/torque.
Recently while on assignment in San Diego, we spotted TWO i3’s – also on assignment. They were running around the harbor of San Diego Bay, presumably involved in a commercial spot. These cars are still pretty rare and mainly hitting the car shows try to prime the pump. My guess is the video may even end up on the cutting room floor, if that is where they discard digital footage these days.
While you are looking at these shots, take a look at the tricked out photo car – Porsche. the flat black paint helps to reduce reflections in the car model and the long extended boom allows for a variety of action shots.
Teens Drive Smart is a half day safe driving course focused on young drivers. Four different times are offered on a weekend and allows youths to learn more about safe driving habits and get behind the wheel of a BMW 328i to practice what they are taught.
Teens Drive Smart
The course is offered FREE of charge and gives parents another chance to make their child safer behind the wheel. Sometimes a youngster will listen more to outsiders than a parent. Last year the course was offered at seven locations across the country
The course is offered FREE of charge but often fills up quickly. Interested teens can sign up now and I encourage readers to sign up early, before the courses are closed. More information can be found here
Tire manufacturer Bridgestone sponsors this course and is part of their safety outreach. Our own two sons attended a similar half day course back in the day and they appreciated the chance to drive a road course and try out some evasive moves without a risk (or wearing out my tires).
Sites where Teens Drive Smart will be held
This year the course will be offered in at least twelve sites starting with Phoenix, Arizona. They also will be at Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Washington DC, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Charlotte, Miami and Nashville. There is also a chance for other sites to be added and you can be notified of the full schedule here.
Here’s some photos from a “similar” course sponsored by Bridgestone at the previous Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, AZ
And some in car views of the BMW’s in action
Bridgestone In BMW View
Bridgestone in BMW View 2
Another View from in car