Risi Competizione has unveiled a special livery created by French art school students for its entry into the 24 Hours of Le Mans next month.
The Houston-based Ferrari squad has once again called on students from the ENSAAMA national art school in Paris to produce a design for its Ferrari 488 GTE Evo.
IMSA DPi driver Sebastien Bourdais, who is sharing the car at Le Mans with fellow Frenchmen Jules Gounon and Olivier Pla, recently shook down the car in its new livery.
The 2020 Le Mans design takes Risi Competizione back to the traditional Ferrari red after it ran a unique blue livery in last year’s edition of the famous endurance race.
The latest ‘Academician’ scheme was conceived by ENSAAMA students Augustin de Montardy and Aristide Renault, who took inspiration from the embroidered olive-leaf braids on costumes worn by members of the historic French Academy founded in 1635.
Their artistic vision was then realized on the Ferrari by racing car livery designer Andy Blackmore.
Risi is the only one of this year’s Le Mans GTE-Pro entrants without a full-season program in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The reigning Petit Le Mans GTLM winner is contesting this year’s race alongside the two-car factory efforts from Ferrari/AF Corse, Aston Martin Racing and Porsche.