COSTA Official Art Car
The COSTA Official Art Car for this year’s Le Mans 24hr is a colorful and radical design created by French artist and sculptor Fernando Costa (aka COSTA). The artist created the car much like most of his own sculptural artwork; he soldered pieces of metal road and street signs together, only this time they are atop the body of the Morgan-Nissan race car.
above: Artist Fernando Costa in his studio (photo by jm angles)
The Art Car will be seen on the team’s No. 45 Morgan-Nissan, driven by Jean-Marc Merlin, Philippe Mondolot and team principal Jacques Nicolet.
Creating the car:
While there will be no fewer than three art cars in the race, including unique liveries from Aston Martin Racing and JMW Motorsport, OAK’s design has been designated as the official art car by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest.
“In my meeting with Jacques Nicolet and the bringing to fruition of this project, the most important thing for me was the confidence entrusted in me and the challenge it represented,” Costa said. “As I like challenges I accepted straight away! But what artist would pass up the creation of an Art Car for the Le Mans 24 Hours?
“And when, like me, one is a lover of this legendary event, this very popular motor sport party, you throw yourself into the adventure hoping to put a smile on people’s faces and give them a little happiness. I’m very honored that the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has made this Art Car the emblem of the 90th anniversary of the Le Mans 24 Hours.”
Here’s a look at several pieces of artwork by Fernando Costa: