A BMW M Hybrid V8 race automobile will function the automaker’s twentieth artwork automobile, and the completed automobile will race on the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans as a part of BMW’s return to the French endurance race.
The artist will likely be Julie Mehretu, BMW introduced final week at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the place an M Hybrid V8 with bare carbon-fiber bodywork was displayed as a preview of the undertaking.
Mehretu, who was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1970 however has been based mostly in New York Metropolis since 1999, will likely be given “whole artistic freedom” to design the subsequent BMW artwork automobile, the automaker stated.
Since 1975, BMW has commissioned well-known artists to create artwork vehicles. The listing, together with Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Jeff Koons, reads just like the syllabus for an artwork historical past course. The custom began when French racing driver Hervé Poulain and BMW Motorsport boss Jochen Neerpasch commissioned Calder to color the livery for a 3.0 CSL Poulain was slated to drive within the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Julie Mehretu chosen as artist for the twentieth BMW artwork automobile.
The Le Mans connection continues with the M Hybrid V8 artwork automobile. It should race at Le Mans in 2024 as a part of BMW’s entry within the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). This will likely be BMW’s first entry within the prime prototype class of the French traditional since 1999, when the V12 LMR secured the automaker’s first and solely total victory.
The M Hybrid V8 was constructed to the LMDh (Le Mans Daytona hybrid) rules of the North American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, however guidelines overlap permits it to race within the WEC Hypercar class as effectively. BMW is already working two vehicles within the IMSA sequence with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, however hasn’t confirmed a Stateside look for the deliberate artwork automobile.