BMW's Latest Art Car Celebrates 50 Years In Italy And Isn't Atrocious At All

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The automaker has a spotty record when it comes to four-wheeled art pieces.

BMW is no stranger to the art car scene, so the i8 "Futurism Edition" shouldn't be all that shocking to anyone. The car was created by Italy's Garage Italia Customs and is designed to celebrate the automaker's 50th birthday in Italy. The unique wrap was inspired by Giacomo Balla's painting "Lampada ad Arco." Balla's painting currently lives in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and was part of the Futurism movement. As you might have guessed the Futurism movement lent its name to this custom art car.

Balla's original painting is of an electric-powered streetlight bursting with color under a crescent moon. The colors are vivid and lend themselves well to the i8, which itself is as futuristic as any car on the market today. Just because BMW has a long history with art cars doesn't always mean they have been hits. Luckily the Futurism Edition strikes a middle ground between artsy and approachable. Garage Italia Customs left the engine untouched which means this i8 still makes 357 horsepower from its 1.5-liter three-liter gas engine and two electric motors.

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