RE: BMW reveals Futura 2000 M2 art car

RE: BMW reveals Futura 2000 M2 art car

Friday 14th February

BMW reveals Futura 2000 M2 art car

Limited-edition production M2 to follow



Β 

You can keep your cards, flowers and chocolates this Valentine's Day, because there are few things we love more than a BMW art car. The latest one is the result of a collaboration between the German manufacturer and pioneering graffiti artist Futura 2000, and arguably goes further than any art car project before it.

While we've become accustomed to a series of well-known names applying their inimitable styles to a single machine, Futura 2000's turn with the spray can will see the artist create not one but three unique takes on the M2 Competition. The alterations extend to the cars' cabins as well as their exterior surfaces, with the first completed work making its debut at the Frieze Los Angeles art fair, currently being held at Paramount's Hollywood studios.


But wait, there's more. On top of that trio, the artist will also be designing a limited-edition production run of M2 Comps. Set to be publicly available from June this year, the cars will feature front and rear aprons and side sills painted by the Futura. Inside, individually created trim will be visible on the instrument panel and centre console, while unique sills bearing the car's limited-edition number and Futura's signature make the cut too. Black and ivory Dakota leather M sports seats, an Alcantara-clad sports steering wheel and 19-inch jet black light alloy wheels complete the package.

"The BMW M2 Competition is dynamic, extroverted and, to a certain degree, pleasantly provocative. I consider it a great honour to be able to add a special touch to this vehicle," said Futura 2000, apparently. BMW CEO Markus Flasch added: "We are very proud of having been able to gain such an internationally well-known artist as Futura 2000 for the collaboration on the three unique one-offs of the BMW M2 Competition. I'm already looking forward very much to seeing how he transforms our M2 into the edition intended for our customers. With his unique, constructive and rebellious style, Futura is perfectly suited to a young and wild automobile such as the BMW M2 Competition."

For fans of Futura 2000, BMW art cars, or 410hp twin-turbo straight-sixes, then, this sounds like a match made in heaven.









Author
Discussion

skylarking808

Original Poster:

315 posts

36 months

Friday 14th February
quotequote all
Am a big fan of Futura 2000 since his early street art.

Have a framed Mo Wax record cover of his in my lounge.
Great effect on the car, although I think a monochrome colour is not showing his work at its best.

Would love to have this Beemer and the Andy Warhol BMW art car.

Roma101

537 posts

97 months

Friday 14th February
quotequote all
I'm probably not one to comment on art, but it just looks like a stunt car that has been through an action scene for a movie. All I see is bullet holes, dents, scrapes etc.

Triumph Man

6,213 posts

118 months

Friday 14th February
quotequote all
It looks like someone's been spray painting near it and it's got overspray on it!

Reciprocating mass

5,668 posts

191 months

Friday 14th February
quotequote all
Looks like one of those naff vinyl wraps,
But then I’m somebody who doesn’t really understand how a canvas with a blue and yellow stripe could be possibly worth £2 quid let alone 46.5 million dollars

soad

30,550 posts

126 months

Friday 14th February
quotequote all
Doesn’t look like much. At least compared to the older art cars. Recall going to see them (Shoreditch) in 2012...

jbforce10

162 posts

125 months

Friday 14th February
quotequote all
Triumph Man said:
It looks like someone's been spray painting near it and it's got overspray on it!
The man is a legend. He has kept true to his own style since the early 80's:

https://farm2.static.flickr.com/1612/25503305250_b...

...having said that, I'm not sure how well street art transfers to the shape of a car. It works better on trains.

Mr.Jimbo

1,738 posts

133 months

Friday 14th February
quotequote all
I'd have that interior trim, that looks pretty funky but I'd leave the outside tbh.

Like the silver calipers.

MightyBadger

18 posts

Friday 14th February
quotequote all
jbforce10 said:
The man is a legend. He has kept true to his own style since the early 80's:

https://farm2.static.flickr.com/1612/25503305250_b...

...having said that, I'm not sure how well street art transfers to the shape of a car. It works better on trains.
True legend, first saw his stuff in the Subway Art book. Agree with it suiting whole car top to bottoms more than BMWs.

Ahonen

4,415 posts

229 months

Friday 14th February
quotequote all
soad said:
Doesn’t look like much. At least compared to the older art cars. Recall going to see them (Shoreditch) in 2012...
Indeed. It's one of those 'I'm sure it'll be nice when it's finished' ones.

The Lichtenstein and Koons ones were superb:




TWPC

671 posts

111 months

Friday 14th February
quotequote all
Hadn't seen the Lichtenstein one before. That is fantastic.

Benny55

3 posts

30 months

Friday 14th February
quotequote all
Emperors new clothes......now if they gave the job to Banksy, I would be first in line!

skylarking808

Original Poster:

315 posts

36 months

Friday 14th February
quotequote all
Strange Banksy was obviously influenced by Futura 2000, as most were.

Love his work too, own a print of his.
Would love him to have a go with an M2, although I doubt the (contained) message would appeal to everyone. I am sure it grab a bit of attention for any corperation, but I doubt that would be his thing.

Banksy has got history though. He "modified" a triumph GT6 and an ex army truck? used by a travelling circus. This early work was up for sale last year I think, but did not reach its reserve or something.

Whatever the views on the M2 its great to see BMW's as travelling art.


Evil.soup

2,628 posts

155 months

Saturday 15th February
quotequote all
Rather under stated for a BMW art car...

I may get slated for this, but when I saw it I just thought "Pimp my ride"... not seeing anything interesting or head turning to be honest.

Omaruk

468 posts

109 months

Saturday 15th February
quotequote all
+1 the Koons car