Aston Martin Racing reveals 'optical illusion' livery for Le Mans

Aston Martin Racing reveals 'optical illusion' livery for Le Mans image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Aston Martin | posted June 10, 2015 09:33

Aston Martin's Vantage GTE gets a unique racing livery courtesy of Tobias Rehberger

Aston Martin has something special for this year's Le Mans as they recently showed the Vantage GTE Le Mans art car that sports a distinct livery that gives off the illusion of speed and movement even when its stationary.

Designed by renowned German artist and illusionist Tobias Rehberger, Aston Martin Racing invited Rehberger to make a one-off livery for their race car. He stated that he used geometric shapes and patterns to give the race car the impression of movement even though it is static.

“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. In this case, the design is based on a geometric optical effect pattern. Comparable to a fast object, a steady fixation on a point of the pattern is impossible,” said Rehberger.

The unique racing livery up close

Darren Turner, the driver of the uniquely-done #97 Vantage GTE is a long-time fan of Rehberger's work was amazed on how Rehberger was able to do apply illusion of movement on the car.

“This design really pushes the boundaries of what’s been done before and challenges how we can use patterns and colours in racecar liveries – I love it,” said Turner.

The car will compete in this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans which will begin on June 13, 2015.