Video - The BMW M1 group 4 racing version Art Car by Andy Warhol, 1979

Written By:
Photography by: BMW Group - Bildverweise
Andy Warhol BMW Art Car M1 group 4 racing version
Andy Warhol BMW Art Car M1 group 4 racing version Source BMW Group - Bildverweise
Image Gallery
BMW M1 Art Car by Andy Warhol, 1979 Andy Warhol BMW Art Car M1 group 4 racing version Andy Warhol BMW M1 Art Car on race track

 

A person who declares soup cans a work of art or aspires to have a department store closed so that it may be preserved as a museum for posterity, will not see any conflict between technology and creativity. Consequently, this is how he worked. Instead of first designing a scale model and leaving the final completion to his assistants as his predecessors did, the pop art legend painted the BMW M1 from the beginning to the end himself. “I have tried to give a vivid depiction of speed. If a car is really fast, all contours and colors will become blurred.”

 

The name Andy Warhol is the quintessence of pop art. Born in Pittsburgh USA in 1928, he studied from 1945 to 1949 at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He began his artistic career as a commercial artist and was successful in holding his own exhibition in New York as early as in 1952. In 1956 his work was acknowledged with the coveted “Art Director’s Club Award“. 1962 saw the creation of the legendary “Factory” – a negation and reversal of traditional artistic ideas as it had never been seen before. His celebrity portraits and paintings of trivial objects became famous. Warhol died in New York in 1987.

 

Andy Warhol – The BMW M1 group 4 racing version

 

·         six-cylinder inline engine

·         4 valves per cylinder

·         twin overhead camshafts

·         displacement: 3500 cm³

·         power output: 470 bhp

·         top speed: 307 km/h

 

This work of art on wheels was employed in racing for the first and last time in the 24-hour race at Le Mans in 1979. The M1 designed by Warhol started on the grid with the number 76 and was driven by the German Manfred Winkelhock as well as Hervé Poulain and Marcel Mignot from France. They achieved a sixth place in the overall rating and second place in their class.

 

Comments

Back to the future 25 years of the BMW Z1
Back to the future 25 years of the BMW Z1

It was a true quantum leap: when BMW unveiled the Z1 to the international motoring press in the Italian town of Punta Ala back in autumn 1988...

The BMW Art Car Collection on the Internet
The BMW Art Car Collection on the Internet

Just in time to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the BMW Group’s international cultural commitment, the legendary BMW Art Car Collection can now be seen for the first time within a virtual video tour on the Internet...

Video - The 17th BMW Art Car will race at 24 Hours of Le Mans
Video - The 17th BMW Art Car will race at 24 Hours of Le Mans

Le Mans. On June 12 at three in the afternoon the legendary the 24 Hours of Le Mans will officially begin. A highlight will surely be the participation of the Jeff Koons...

EuroCar News on youTube Follow eurocarnews on Twitter