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2016 BMW M6 GTLM Art Car


Miami Beach. On November 30, the VIP Preview day of this year's edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach, the BMW Art Car by John Baldessari celebrated its world premiere. The 19th vehicle of the BMW Art Car Collection was designed by the American master of conceptual art and revealed in the presence of the artist himself, Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, and Jens Marquardt, Director BMW Motorsport, at an exclusive reception at the Botanical Garden of Miami Beach. John Baldessari's BMW M6 GTLM, a race car featuring 585 hp, will be on public display until the closing of Art Basel. Following the 40-year tradition of BMW Art Cars, John Baldessari's 'rolling sculpture' will then prove itself on the race track of Rolex 24 at DAYTONA on January 28 and 29, 2017.

Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America: 'It is an honor to add this new masterpiece by John Baldessari to the BMW Art Car Collection today. As one of the most important contemporary artists working today, John joins an incredible group from Calder and Hockney to Warhol and Koons that has contributed to this collection over the past forty years. He has used his signature aesthetic combining color, shapes and text to create a visually stunning work which will stand out at both the museum and on the racetrack in Daytona early next year.'

BMW Art Car #19 by John Baldessari'I have done only one work in my life involving a car before, and that was an image of a car. So for the BMW Art Car project, I entered uncharted territory, not just in terms of the subject, but also moving from two- to three-dimensional art. A challenge I did enjoy! The ideas all came at once: for instance, the red dot on the roof, so you can see it from above, FAST on one side and a picture of the car on the other side. I like the ambiguity, having two-dimension and three-dimension at the same time. Considering the car as an icon of contemporary life, my concept turned out playfully satirical, but it also highlights some of the trademark ideas that I use. So you can say, the BMW Art Car is definitely a typical Baldessari and the fastest artwork I ever created!' – John Baldessari

For the 19th BMW Art Car, John Baldessari as the legend of an entire LA art scene drew on his famous artistic trademarks. Designing the car, this American artist turned to well-known stylistic devices and created an iconic work which unites his creative practices of the past fifty years in a unique manner. As a committed minimalist, he worked wîth the colours red, yellow, blue and green and wîth his monochrome dots, he left his familiar colourful marks on the M6 GTLM as well. Baldessari's ironic play on the multi-dimensionality of the race car as an art object is most obvious in the graphic reflection of the car in profile. And wîth 'FAST' as a central typographic element the artist boldly transports the power of the BMW Art Car to its outside and makes it visually accessible for the viewers both at the race track and the museum.

John Baldessari spearheaded and oversaw the design of the 19th BMW Art Car, which was executed wîth the help of a team of BMW engineers in early November at the BMW Body & Paint Training Center West in Oxnard, California.

The BMW M6 GTLM on the race track

In January 2016, the BMW M6 GTLM made its debut on the Daytona International Speedway. It passed its first test wîth flying colours and was ranked fifth. The 19th BMW Art Car will be put to the test at this very same site and compete at the legendary 24 Hours of Daytona from January 28 to 29, 2017. Run by BMW Team RLL, the car will be entered in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC). Since 2009, the BMW Team RLL together wîth BMW Motorsport North America has won five titles and twelve victories. And the first season of the BMW M6 GTLM also was successful wîth a total of three podium finishes in Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road America. This track record is to be continued in 2017. Bill Auberlen (ÚS), Alexander Sims (GB), Augusto Farfus (BR) and Bruno Spengler (CA) will take turns in driving the BMW Art Car.

Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director, said, 'It will be a great honour for us to present the 19th BMW Art Car on the race track – and especially to bring it to an event steeped in tradition such as the 24 Hours of Daytona. The design of this BMW M6 GTLM is absolutely unique. We will give our very best to ensure that this rolling work of art will not only provide a visual highlight but also be successful on the track.'

World premiere at Art Basel in Miami Beach

As a global partner of Art Basel, BMW Group has been presenting the legendary BMW Art Cars at the shows in Miami Beach and Hong Kong for many years. After displaying many of the 'rolling sculptures', including the works by Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg in the Botanical Garden of Miami Beach, BMW continues its tradition this year and uses this major platform to present the 19th BMW Art Car by John Baldessari to a global audience for the very first time.

This year's edition marks the 15th anniversary of Art Basel in Miami Beach, Florida. From December 1 to 4, 2016, more than 200 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will present over 4,000 artists of the 20th and 21st century. As in previous years, BMW will once again provide the official VIP shuttle service for the guests of the fair. Its fleet of vehicles will provide an ideal connection between the fair and various satellite events. As part of Art Basel in Miami Beach 2016, the next round of selections for the BMW Art Journey will also be held – a global initiative of Art Basel and BMW to support emerging artist worldwide. Previous winners include Samson Young, Henning Fehr & Philipp Rühr and Abigail Reynolds.

The BMW Art Car Collection

Since 1975, a total of 17 international artists have been creating BMW Art Cars on the basis of contemporary BMW automobiles. The collection was inaugurated when French race car driver and art aficionado Hervé Poulain in collaboration wîth the then current BMW Motorsport Director Jochen Neerpasch asked his artist friend Alexander Calder to design a car. The result was a BMW 3.0 CSL, which in 1975 was raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and became an instant favourite wîth the spectators: the BMW Art Car Collection was born. BMW Art Cars are not only on display in their home, BMW's museum in Munich, they also travel internationally to exhibitions and museums in Asia, Europe and North America.

In November 2015, BMW Group announced two artists to create the next BMW Art Cars at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In addition to American artist John Baldessari, multimedia artist Cao Fei, one of China's most important contemporary artists who just received the CAA Artist of the Year award and had a solo show at MoMA PS1 in 2016, is currently designing another vehicle for this legendary collection. The world premiere of the 18th BMW Art Car will take place during the summer of 2017. With their works, Cao Fei and John Baldessari will be joining the ranks of renowned artists such as Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and David Hockney.

The jury of the 18th and 19th BMW Art Car included the following members: Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York); Chris Dercon, then Director, Tate Modern (London); Juan Gaitán, Director, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City); Gabriele Horn, Director, Berlin Biennale (Berlin); Údo Kittelmann, Director, Nationalgalerie Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; Dr. Matthias Mühling, Director, Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus (Munich); Hans-Úlrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery (London); Shwetal A. Patel, Kochi-Muziris Biennale (India); Beatrix Ruf, Director, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam); Bisi Silva, Director, The Centre for Contemporary Art (Lagos); Philip Tinari, Director, Úllens Center for Contemporary Art (Bejing) and Adam D. Weinberg, Director, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York).

Source - BMW
The BMW M6 was produced from 1983 through 1989. A second generation was introduced in 2004. The first generation sat atop a E24 chassis of the 6-Series and powered by a modified version of the BMW M1 engine. It was quick, aggressive, and well equipped. The US version of the engine produced nearly 260 horsepower and over 240 foot-pounds of torque. The European spec-engine did not have a catalyst and produced nearly 290 horsepower. Zero-to-sixty took only 6.4 seconds for the Euro version and 6.8 seconds for the US version. Road and Track hailed the M6 as one of the fastest cars in America for 1987.

Only 5,855 examples of the M6 were produced from 1983 through 1989 with 1,767 going to North America.

In 2005 BMW revived the M6 name. It made its debut at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show and was powered by a 5-liter V10 engine and an SMG III gearbox. The performance was impressive with over 500 BHP available. Zero-to-sixty was in the low four-second range.
By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2008
This is a vehicle that one can quickly get addicted to. The fastest, quickest production vehicle that BMW has ever produced, the 2007 M6 features a 507 bhp normally aspirated 5.0-liter V10 7-speed sequential manual gearbox. Designed by the motorsport division of BMW, the M6 was the epitome of exceptional German styling that exudes all that this company stands for. A high-performance version of the 6-Series automobile, the M6 is well-loved for its luxurious and aggressive styling along with its opulent features.

BMW took the M88/3 (an updated version of the M88/1) from the M1 and placed it in the E24 chassis of the MBW 6-series. The end result was the M635CSi, or the M6 in North America. The E24 and M6 are easily distinguished by the M badges on the grille and rear, a spoiler and a larger air dam on the M6.

The U.S. M6 featured a catalyzed S38 motor that produced 256 hp and 243 ft/lb of torque. The European version produced 286 hp and 251 ft/lb of torque and did not need catalysts. The European M6 could achieve 0-60mph in 6.4 seconds, and 6.8 seconds for the American model. Road and Track featured the U.S. M6 as one of the 10 fastest vehicles in America in 1987.

A total of 5,855 M6 models were sold by the time production ended in 1989, 1,767 were produced in the U.S. and Canada.

At the 2005 Geneva Motor Show the brand new BMW M6 concept vehicle was unveiled to the public. This concept was based on the BMW E63/E64 6-Series that had been introduced in 2004. The E60 M5 shared the same 5.0 L V10 S85 engine and SMG III gearbox with the M6 and produced 507 hp and 384 lb/ft of torque. This newest M6 was capable of achieving 0-62 mph in just 4.6 seconds and had a top speed of 155 mph. The top speed 205 mph when the limiter was removed.

Featuring the same power button that modified throttle response as the M5, the M6 delivered 298 kW from ignition, but with the button the full 370 kW was reached. With a carbon fiber reinforced plastic roof panel, the M6 weighed approximately 3770 lbs and featured thermoplastic front wings, a compound boot lid and aluminum doors and hood. Strategically placing the lighter materials and the carbon fiber allowed the M6 to feature improved handling.

By Jessica Donaldson
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