2015 Le Mans: Aston Martin Unveils Vantage GTE Art Car (PHOTOS)

Jun 08, 2015 06:03 PM EDT | Matt Mercuro

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Aston Martin unveiled a new car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Monday that looks like something that belongs in an art museum.

Called the Vantage GTE, the flashy new ride was created by artist Tobias Rehberger, the winner of the Golden Lion for best artist at the 2009 Venice Biennale, according to Aston Martin.

It's been 30 years since the first art car competed at Le Mans, and to celebrate, the British automaker asked Rehberger to create something special to mark the occasion.

"Personally, I think art cars are fantastic," said the owner of the #97 car, Darren Turner, in a press statement. "This design really pushes the boundaries of what's been done before and challenges how we can use patterns and colors in racecar liveries." 

With that task in hand, Rehberger decided to make a unique design that would give the impression of "movement and speed" through geometric shapes and patterns.

Safe to say he succeeded.

"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," the artist said, according to Aston Martin.

The car was commissioned by Turner himself, who is a self-confessed Rehberger fan, according to Aston Martin. Turner is currently preparing for the LM GTE Pro category at Le Mans on June 13.

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