The other day we brought you news of a Volvo S60 Polestar touring car with a special livery. But it wasn’t the only WTCC art car presented at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year.
Alongside the Volvo were a Honda Civic and Chevy Cruze, also done up with unique “art car” liveries that made up a special exhibit at this year’s festival put on by the FIA World Touring Car Championship.
For the Civic, Honda partnered with the Jean Graton Foundation, drawing its inspiration from Graton’s famous Michel Vaillant character. The fictional racing driver spun off from the Tintin series lent his likeness in pop-art, comic-strip form to adorn the Honda Civic WTCC racer.
The series’ official timekeeper TAG Heuer was responsible for the Chevy Cruze TC1, but didn’t just show up with the car ready to show. Instead the Swiss watchmakers brought renowned graffiti artist Jim Vision to Goodwood, where he spray-painted the RML team’s Chevy live in front of the gathered crowds.
It should come as little surprise that the Swedish entry was the most understated, wearing the yellow and blue of the country’s flag. The design was created by by Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, who in addition to being the heir apparent to the country’s throne, is also a Volvo factory racing driver and interior designer.
Noticeably absent was Citroën, which has won the championship the last two years running and is currently leading the standings once again. Russian automaker Lada also competes in the series, but also sat out the art-car contest. The public was invited to vote on their favorite design, with the winner set to be announced late on Sunday.