Will be auctioned off for charity.
The history of art cars spans decades, and includes masterpieces by legends such as Andy Warhol and Alexander Calder. These cars become more than their physical parts: they become creative canvases, and this amazing art car pays tribute to one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time through modern street art and nods to the rich past of the sport. We've seen some amazing McLaren art cars in the past, and Ayrton Senna has been immortalized with the McLaren Senna, but this has to be the ultimate expression of the man's indomitable spirit. This former McLaren show car will be displayed at the Ayrton Senna museum at the upcoming Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, and it is set to be a showstopper.
The vehicle was donated by Italian collector Gianluca Tramonti and will form part of the "Senna Now" art project featuring French street artist Jisbar. Italian fashion designer Matteo Macchiavelli came up with the concept of paying tribute to Senna through automotive art, and has been an avid fan since childhood. "I spent my childhood following the races and the "magic" of my hero," he said. "I was inspired by his lifestyle and his teachings, which are still with me now that I'm older," Macchiavelli told Motorsport.
"The charisma of Ayrton Senna, his personality, all the challenges he faced and his humanity have given so much inspiration to me and to a lot of people, that I started to imagine how to create something that could centralize and make emerge some of the aspects of the special message that he was able to transmit: challenge, creativity and humanity."
The car is made up of numerous themes that represent the different stages of Senna's career and life. The one half features Senna's three most famous F1 liveries: Marlboro McLaren, Lotus, and Rothmans Williams. The other side of the car features the iconoclastic work of French street artist Jisbar, and features themes from Senna's home country of Brazil, graffiti, and a mural of the man himself.
Jisbar will also be creating a unique Senna Now NFT collection that will be minted during the Imola, Miami and Monaco F1 weekends. Fans will also be able to view the car at art shows in Venice and Miami later in 2022. The piece will eventually be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the Ayrton Senna Foundation.