Artist Cao Fei is notable for being both the youngest and the first Chinese creator of a BMW Art Car, but her achievement with BMW Art Car #18 will likely be more memorable throughout the years to come for its implementation of augmented reality and video art.
On its face, the BMW M6 GT3 Art Car looks fierce and elegant in carbon black, perhaps even artistic in its own way, but it is almost certainly not what one might traditionally think of when they imagine BMW Art Cars from the past. Fei’s masterstroke was for the BMW M6 GT3 Art Car to live through the use of a dedicated “BMW Art Car #18” app, which adds light particles above and around the vehicle via augmented reality. This makes the 18th BMW Art Car a first-of-its-kind, interactive art experience.
“To me, light represents thoughts,” said Fei of her creation. “As the speed of thoughts cannot be measured, the #18 Art Car questions the existence of the boundaries of the human mind. We are entering a new age, where the mind directly controls objects and where thoughts can be transferred, such as unmanned operations and artificial intelligence.”
Because BMW Art Car #18 uses a BMW M6 GT3 as its canvas, it is also an incredibly capable performer that is powered by a 585-horsepower 4.4-liter M TwinPower Turbo V8. Brazilian Augusto Farfus, who in 2016 was one of the drivers helming John Baldessari’s BMW M6 GTLM Art Car during its run at the 25 Hours of Daytona, will get a crack at piloting the BMW M6 GT3 Art Car in November at the FIA GT World Cup in Macau.
This article is presented by New Century BMW in Alhambra, California.