Aston Martin has teamed up with German abstract artist Tobias Rehberger to create an art-inspired livery for its No. 97 Gulf Vantage GTE, which will race in the 83rd 24 Hours of Le Mans this Saturday and Sunday.
Rehberger’s paint scheme uses certain geometric shapes and patterns to give the car “the impression of movement and speed,” even when it is stationary, Aston Martin says. The artist is renowned for his perception distorting effects and other illusions, which made him an obvious choice for Aston’s Le Mans art car.
“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,” Rehberger said.
In this case, the art livery was commissioned by the owner of the No. 97 Vantage GTE, who happens to be a fan of Rehberger’s work. The car and its creative design will run in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend, thirty years after the first art car was entered into the endurance race.