Aston Martin Racing has unveiled a 24 Hours of Le Mans art car based on the Gulf #97 Vantage GTE, which has been designed by artist Tobias Rehberger to give the illusion of movement even when the car is static.
Rehberger was invited by Aston Martin Racing to design a livery to work with the Vantage GTE in a completely new way. This artist is no stranger to a challenge however, having won numerous prizes and competitions for his abstract arts and illusions designed to distort perception. The use of geometric shapes give a real sense of speed when the car’s not moving.
The German artist will attend Saturday’s race as a guest of the Aston Martin team, he stated, “My design for the Aston Martin art car is rooted in my interest in distorted perception and related phenomena like auto moving patterns, optical effects, camouflage and visual confusion, which I have addressed in many works before.” Adding, “In this case, the design is based on a geometric optical effect pattern. Comparable to a fast object, a steady fixation on a point of the pattern is impossible.”
Darren Turner, the Driver of the Vantage GTE has shown his admiration for the design, “Personally, I think art cars are fantastic. This design really pushes the boundaries of what’s been done before and challenges how we can use patterns and colours in race car liveries – I love it!”
The owner of the Gulf #97 has also been an admirer of Rehberger’s work and was interested on how the German artist could manipulate the appearance of the Aston Martin.