When shattering speed meets breakthrough technology in a Formula One car, it is pure art. So when the Force India team at the Silverstone teamed up with Dexter Brown, a motrosport artist, the final had-painted Formula One car was sheer creativity par excellence, on four wheels.
The hand-painted Force India car- Giancarlo Fisichella's VJM01-05 - will be completed in a few days from Tuesday and will be showcased at various events while it will be unveiled officially in the team's post-race party on Sunday.
The car will eventually be auctioned for charity but guests of the F1 Ball at London's Natural History Museum will get a sneak preview of the artist and his 'canvas' at work on Wednesday. Team owner of Force India, Vijay Mallya, has been ecstatic about the project and the social cause it would eventually serve. "Seeing one of my Formula One cars transformed into a painting is a wonderful initiative that combines two of my greatest passions: cars and art," he said. "I am sure will be of great interest to art collectors around the world, and will raise valuable funds for charity." The funds raised by the auction will be split between Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and Force India's Academy giving youngsters in India the chance to get involved in motorsport.
Brown too has hardly been able to keep his excitement to himself. "When I was approached to paint an Art Car, I was immediately excited by the project. Of course, it's not the first car I've painted, but it's the first time I've had the chance to work with a modern Formula One car," he said.