To celebrate 40 years of Art Cars by BMW, a jury of distinguished museum directors came together to select the two new artists to carry on the legacy. Their decision saw both the youngest and oldest artists ever chosen for the challenge; Chinese artist Cao Fei, 37, and American artist John Baldessari, 84.

The artists will join the likes of Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol among many other prestigious names to continue this historic and inspirational movement. Many different cars have been offered up as a blank canvas for these artists, and the model chosen for Fei and Baldessari is none other than the BMW M6 GT3, which will spearhead the range of cars made available to the BMW customer racing programme.

Powered by a 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, this is a car built for fearsome speed. Sitting lower and wider than its predecessor, the M6 GT3 is a no nonsense beast that can take on the racetrack just as well as it can the road. Such power will undoubtedly be reflected in what the artists choose to do with their cars, but the final test will be when they prove themselves on the racetrack after their 2017 museum reveal.

Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director says of this exciting project, ‘Motorsport and the BMW Art Cars have always been very closely linked. Our racing cars in the special designs of well-known artists have cult status among the general public… Naturally we want to fight for wins with the BMW M6 GT3 Art Cars. This combination of art and performance on the race track really is unique.’

As we all wait with bated breath for next year’s unveiling, take a peek at previous artists’ creations, or put yourself in the driver’s seat by exploring the range of BMW M Series available at Lancaster BMW Milton Keynes now.