Force India creates charity art car

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Force India has let an artist loose on one of its F1 cars and created an Art Car in a similar style to the BMW racers that have taken on the Le Mans 24 hours.

Unfortunately this Dexter Brown creation will not be heading to the tracks at Silverstone, Spa and Singapore though, as it is Giancarlo Fisichella's steed from 16 races of the 2008 season and is now retired from racing duties.

The last journey it will be making as a member of the Force India team will be to an auction where it will be sold to raise funds for Great Ormond Street and the Force India Academy that aims to give Indian youngsters a chance to get into motorsport.

As well as the hand-painted daubing of Mr Brown, the car will also feature the signatures of current and legendary Formula 1 drivers and personalities – sport supremo Bernie Ecclestone is today set to be the first to add his autograph to the nosecone.

Artist Dexter Drown said: "The last car I painted was a BMW in Genoa in 1993, but the Formula One car was a different challenge because I had to work around the complex bodywork. It's great to be involved in such a unique project and I look forward to seeing the reaction of the public."

Let's hope the car enjoys more success in the fundraising stakes than it did on the track – Fisichella finished the season with precisely zero points after enjoying nothing better than a 10th place in VJM01-05.

Force India boss Dr. Vijay Mallya said: "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. I wish to thank Dexter for producing this exquisite piece of work, which I am sure will be of great interest to art collectors around the world, and will raise valuable funds for charity."