The Corvette C7.R Shows BMW How to Properly “Art Car”

Larbre Competition has just pulled the cover off their radical new ‘art car’ ahead of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

For its 24th trip to the Circuit de la Sarthe, the French GTE-Am squad showed off its reskinned #50 Corvette C7.R that will be shared by Romain Brandela, Fernando Rees and Christian Philippon during the twice around the clock endurance classic.

The team’s ‘Human’ livery was designed by Paris-based street artist Ramzi Adek using DayGlo paint that will completely transform in the overnight darkness.

The design is modeled after American comic books and is littered with striking onomatopoeia like “BOOM” and “WAM” which are messages directed at Larbre’s other GTE-Am rivals.

A self-assured woman features on the car’s right flank which is supposed to bring the drivers confidence to assert themselves on track. Other elements of the painting are supposed to offer superpowers to the hot shoes; a plane on the roof signifies power, while a shield protects against attacks from other cars.

“Straight away, I liked the idea as it reminded me of images and memories from when I was a kid, when we would go to a toyshop and run to check out the latest toy cars with their incredible designs,” said Adek.

“Romain gave me keywords that I adapted visually into my pop art style. The main idea of the project was to create a flow of power and strength, which will carry the drivers through the Le Mans week.

“Straight away, I wanted to give the livery an aggressive identity to make an impact and show that Larbre Competition was not coming to La Sarthe to make up the numbers.”

The C7.R art car will make its on track debut this weekend at the official Le Mans Test Day, ahead of the race’s running from June 17 to 18.

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