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…)

Friday Photo – Raw and naked six

Although certain race car liveries are truly iconic, there’s one thing that can beat them all. The sight of a box-fresh racer, completely unfettered and free from sponsorship or branding. Just like this new BMW M6 GTLM.

©2015, Sam CobbSet to race in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the ferocious looking M6 GTLMs of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will make their debut in a three-day test session at Daytona Speedway this weekend. More importantly, they’ll be running in bare carbon fibre, as pictured here.

©2015, Sam Cobb

You can even see the weave!

Personally, we’d just run with them that way all season. However, as 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Bavarian Motor Works, the German firm plans to launch a special commemorative livery before the Rolex 24 hours at the end of the month. One car this year will wear the number 100 – in honour of that centenary, obviously – whilst the second car retains the number 25. Why 25, you ask? Well, that’s the number which was worn by the BMW 3.0 CSL that raced in the USA back in 1975 – the first season the marque did so.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing have a pretty decent history in US sportscar racing, having taken 13 wins and 57 podium finishes with the BMW brand since 2009. They were also responsible for refurbishing EngageSportMode’s beloved E46 BMW M3 GTR last year, so they’re alright in our book.