The BMW Art Car Collection welcomes its newest member in the form of an M6 GT3, the work of internationally acclaimed multimedia artist, Cao Fei, who is also the youngest and first Chinese artist ever to create a BMW Art Car.

Considered as a lucky number in China, the reveal of BMW Art Car #18 was celebrated at the Minsheng Art Museum in Beijing, where it is meant to reflect on the speed of change in China, on tradition and future.

The body of work is made up of three different components – a video focusing on a time traveling spiritual practitioner, the BMW M6 GT3 race car in its original carbon black exterior finish, and augmented reality features that are accessible via a dedicated iOS app (BMW Art Car #18). The latter is critical to bringing the finished product to life, and undoubtedly makes this a “BMW Art Car for the 21st century.”

According to Fei, the project took nearly three years to complete fully, where in that time, she participated in a racing experience with female race driver Cyndie Allemann in Switzerland in 2015. She also worked closely with BMW’s engineers, designers, digital specialists, and even went on an extended BMW plant visit to Tiexi.

“To me, light represents thoughts. As the speed of thoughts cannot be measured, the #18 Art Car questions the existence of the boundaries of the human mind. We are entering a new age, where the mind directly controls objects and where thoughts can be transferred, such as unmanned operations and artificial intelligence. Which attitudes and temperaments hold the key to opening the gateway to the new age?” Fei commented.

The latest M6 GT3 Art Car will take to the track at the FIA GT World Cup in Macau later in the year, where it will pack a modified version of the S63 4.4 litre turbo V8. The mill, which features a dry sump oil system, is said to produce up to 585 hp, and will allow for speeds of up to 280 km/h.