In celebrating the 50th anniversary of its brand’s history in Italy, BMW has teamed up with Garage Italia Customs to create an extraordinary i8.
Named the ‘Futurism Edition’, the i8 has become a moving piece of artwork, with Giacomo Balla’s ‘Lampada ad Arco’ painting adorning its futuristic bodywork.
The original piece, which hangs in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, was painted in the early 1900s and is symbolic of the advent of electricity around this time.
?It features an electricity-powered street lamp under moonlight, and was chosen as the piece to feature on the i8 due to its visionary portrayal of future technology – a theme that the i8 proudly continues.
Commenting on the project, Lapo Elkann, President and Founder of the design house said: “Garage Italia Customs and the BMW brand both share, in fact, all the values connected to technology evolution and the continuous search for innovation in their specific sectors.
“The BMW i8 Futurism Edition is a practice of style. It gave the Garage Italia Customs Maestros a chance to celebrate a car which is projected towards the future of mobility. At the same time, it honours Italian art with Giacomo Balla, who is a prominent figure of the Futurism movement.”
The one-of-a-kind model will take part in the 2016 Mille Miglia, a 1000-mile rally through Italy from Brescia to Rome.
The 357hp hybrid supercar will take the sought after position behind the BMW 328 driven by Sergio Solero, President and CEO of BMW Italy in the drive later this month.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.