Friday Photo | 2016 BMW M6 GTLM Art Car by John Baldessari

If you’ve heard of John Baldessari, then you can consider yourself more educated than ESM when it comes to art. He’s the man responsible for the latest in a long line of BMW Art Cars. So just what is this M6 GTLM all about?

John Baldessari BMW M6 GTLM Art Car #19.

Actually, choosing the M6 GTLM as the basis for an artistic creation isn’t a bad place to start. We already happen to think it looks pretty damn good, and the fact it packs a 4.4-litre V8 with up to 585hp only adds to the appreciation. In actual fact, we got quite excited about it in naked carbon fibre form at the start of the year, so Mr Baldessari had a great canvas to work with.

John Baldessari BMW M6 GTLM Art Car #19.

Ok, we’ll admit it. We don’t quite get what the 85-year-old conceptual artist has done here. There’s some colourful spots and stripes, the word ‘FAST’ written on one flank, and a picture of the M6 on the other. Baldessari is famed for his love of minimalism and once had a canvas, only featuring some written words, sell for over $4m dollars. So seemingly this car must be good too, right? Like we said, we’re clearly not experts at this art game.John Baldessari BMW M6 GTLM Art Car #19.

According to the man himself, the red dot on the roof is there “so you can see it from above” whilst the whole concept turned out “playfully satirical” for him. The picture of the M6 GTLM, on the M6 GTLM itself, is meant to symbolise an ironic play on the multi-dimensionality of the race car as an art object. We’re not going to lie, that last sentence was also gleaned from the press release. (more…)

Detroit 2015 – All New Ford GT

Ford has made a massive effort to win the 2015 North American International Auto Show, on the first day, with the all new GT supercar. But will taking a thoroughly modern approach be enough to win fans this time round? 

All-New Ford GTIf there has been a consistent theme to Detroit over the last twelve months, it’s one of a car industry slowly getting back down to business after years of financial punishment. Still, a brand new Ford GT comes as a little bit of a surprise, even in the days of 700 bhp Dodges and 600 bhp Cadillacs. And whereas those muscle car creations stick to the big-power V8 strategy, Ford has been smarter in its creation of the new GT.

All-New Ford GTWhere the original GT featured a supercharged V8 engine in an aluminium chassis, the new GT uses a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 and carbon fibre construction. How times change, eh? The 3.5 litre V6 produces over 600 bhp, and Ford claims it to be related to the race-proven unit used successfully in IMSA Daytona Prototype endurance racing. Dual direct fuel-injection features on the mid-mounted motor, powering the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Under the skin is an active torsion bar and pushrod suspension system, whilst 20″ wheels are wrapped in a specifically developed set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. The brakes are, of course, carbon ceramic.

All-New Ford GT (more…)