LEADING THE PACK.

Our Safety Cars for the DTM and the MotoGP™-World Championship.

Safety with M Power: In 2014, the new BMW M4 Coupé DTM Safety Car makes its debut as the lead car in the DTM this season. 2014 also sees BMW M provide the official car fleet for the MotoGP™ World Championship for the 16th year in succession, spearheaded by the new BMW M4 Coupé Safety Car.

BMW M4 Coupé DTM Safety Car

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BMW Motorsport not only fields eight BMW M4 DTMs in the 2014 DTM season, but is also represented by a new lead car, based on the production model of the BMW M4: the BMW M4 Coupé DTM Safety Car leads the 23 DTM racing cars around the circuits on the race calendar safely and with great aplomb.

The new BMW M4 Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 8.8-8.3 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 204–194 g/km) will make its debut as a safety car at the race at the Nürburgring (DE) on 17th August 2014. The BMW M4 Coupé combines motorsport genes and road capability in a highly-emotional and balanced general concept. The completely new, 431-hp six-cylinder inline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and high-rev characteristics generates a maximum torque of 550 newton metres over a wide range of speeds. This allows the BMW M4 Coupé to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds.

To safely guide 23 DTM racing cars around a circuit, the safety car itself must demonstrate ultimate sportiness. A powerful drive train, high-performance chassis and perfect handling in any weather conditions are an absolute must. As it happens, the BMW M4 Coupé with its many BMW M Performance Parts is naturally at its strongest in precisely these areas – and is light-footed thanks to its intelligent lightweight design.

Back in the winter of 2013 a team of BMW M employees started work on converting the car from what was already a mightily impressive, roadgoing coupé to a safety car capable of taking a leading role in the DTM. The basic car was assembled at the BMW plant in Munich. From there, the BMW M4 Coupé went to the BMW M factory in Garching, where the assembly and modifications continued by hand. These included the technicians removing the rear seat of the car and installing a roll cage and Recaro racing seats with Schroth belts for its outings as a safety car. Furthermore, the car was also equipped with LED lights on the front apron, a radio communication system, LED lights on the roof and a special livery.

On top of all this came the extensive use of BMW M Performance Parts – from the exhaust silencer system, front splitter, black front grille, mirror caps, rocker panel attachment and rear spoiler to the rear diffuser, the technicians prepared the BMW M4 Coupé for its demanding outings on the racetrack.

Technical specifications BMW M4 Coupé DTM Safety Car.
Engine Straight six-cylinder engine
Capacity: 2,979 cc
Output: 317/431 kW/bhp
Acceleration 0–100 km/h: 4.1 seconds

BMW M4 Coupé Safety Car

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The BMW M4 Coupé represents the new highlight in the range of the BMW M cars that thrill the crowds within the framework of the MotoGP™ World Championship. This extraordinary car combines the typical M-performance characteristics with luxury and aesthetic appeal. Developed completely from scratch, the straight six-cylinder engine with M TwinPower turbo technology and high-revolution concept generates a maximum torque of 550 Nm at a top output of 431 hp. The BMW M4 Coupé accelerates from nought to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds. This car was designed for ultimate driving dynamics and to be used on the racetrack. Proof of this comes in the form of the innovative cooling system and the consistent use of lightweight materials. For example, the roof is made of carbon.

As with all Safety Cars, the team at the BMW M factory further optimised the BMW M4 Coupé for its role at the head of a field of racing motorcycles. The high performance automobile was modified for its outings at the racetrack by using many BMW M Performance Parts, such as the titanium BMW M Performance exhaust system with carbon finishers, which is being used for the first time. The Safety Car also features a BMW M Performance front splitter with blade, a BMW M Performance carbon rear diffusor, a BMW M Performance carbon rear spoiler as well as BMW M Performance side skirts and carbon mirror caps.

The bonnet has a motorsport lock, while the RECARO racing seat and Schroth belts provide the necessary comfort and safety while seated. Further features of the BMW M4 Coupé Safety Car are the LED lights on the front apron and the LED lights on the roof.

Modifications for the BMW M4 Coupé Safety Car.

  • BMW M Performance titanium exhaust system with carbon finishers
  • BMW M Performance side skirts
  • BMW M Performance front grille black
  • BMW M Performance carbon mirror caps
  • BMW M Performance aerodynamic kit front (carbon splitter and blade)
  • BMW M Performance carbon rear diffusor
  • BMW M Performance carbon rear spoiler
  • RECARO racing seats with Schroth belts
  • Roll bar
  • Bonnet with "motorsport lock"
  • LED lights on the roof
  • LED lights on the front apron
Technical specifications BMW M4 Coupé Safety Car.
Engine Straight six-cylinder engine
Capacity: 2,979 cc
Output: 317/431 kW/bhp
Acceleration 0–100 km/h: 4.1 seconds

BMW M3 Safety Car

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The new BMW M3 limousine is a four-door, high-performance sports car, the Safety Car version of which also offers space for four people. This high-performance car appears to defy the laws of physics and takes driving pleasure to a new level. All this is made possible by the totally harmonious overall concept of the car.

The 431-hp M TwinPower Turbo, straight six-cylinder petrol engine provides instantaneous performance at any engine speed. Innovations derived from the world of motorsport, such as Active M Differential, the adaptive M chassis, M Servotronic, and the seven-speed M dual-clutch gearbox with Drivelogic redefine boundaries. A fleet-footed and agile driving experience is not only guaranteed by the M TwinPower Turbo technology, but also an intelligent and comprehensive lightweight design concept. This not only reduces the overall weight of the car, but also lowers the centre of gravity, thus allowing greater agility and dynamics.

Even on the road, this car is the epitome of high-performance. Numerous modifications have been made in the BMW M factory to prepare it for use as a safety car in the MotoGPTM World Championship, including a BMW M Performance exhaust system and many BMW M Performance aerodynamic components. And it goes without saying that the BMW M3 Safety Car is also equipped with LED lights on the front skirt and the roof.

Modifications for the BMW M3 Safety Car.

  • BMW M Performance titanium exhaust system with carbon finishers
  • BMW M Performance aerodynamic package front (carbon splitter and blade)
  • BMW M Performance carbon mirror caps
  • BMW M Performance carbon rear diffusor
  • BMW M Performance carbon rear spoiler
  • RECARO racing seats
  • Bonnet with "motorsport lock"
  • LED lights on the roof
  • LED lights on the front apron
Technical specifications BMW M3 Safety Car.
Engine Straight six-cylinder engine
Capacity: 2,979 cc
Output: 317/431 kW/bhp
Acceleration 0–100 km/h: 4.1 seconds

BMW M5 Safety Car

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Displaying the conceptual harmony, state-of-the-art technology and astonishingly dynamic handling, for which BMW Cars have become renowned, the BMW M5 stirs the passion for top performance and blends it with the universal qualities of a top-class, premium saloon.

A whole host of measures were implemented to prepare the car for its special outing as a Safety Car. A significantly larger, Gurney-style rear spoiler and a front lip spoiler produce the downforce. The BMW M5 Safety Car features a special racing chassis with adjustable traction control, while a racing exhaust and bucket seat round off the Safety Car version.

The BMW M5 Safety Car shares many other characteristics of a premium M car with the production version: under the bonnet lies a newly developed, high-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology producing a maximum output of 412 kW/560 hp. This performance is transferred to the rear wheels via a seven-speed, double-clutch transmission. The M DCT Drivelogic system, developed specially for the M5, offers numerous gear-change programmes to ensure maximum acceleration on any surface.

BMW M cars are equipped with a specially developed differential with a variable locking function to allow the driver to enjoy the benefits of rear-wheel drive to the full. In the new BMW M5, this innovation ensures an even more precise distribution of drive between the right and left rear wheel. What makes the Active M Differential so special is its intelligent proactivity. It promptly identifies and analyses driving situations, in which it is required, and then adapts itself to the situation crucial milliseconds before it is activated.

The speed-sensitive Servotronic power assistance has three settings, which can be selected at the touch of a button: "Comfort" mode reduces the amount of steering effort required when parking and manoeuvring, but ensures hallmark BMW precision when steering at higher speeds. "Sport" mode delivers more direct signals through the steering wheel at all speeds. And "Sport Plus" takes steering feedback to an even higher level.

Modifications for the BMW M5 Safety Car.

  • Front spoiler, manufactured specially in the BMW M factory
  • Akrapovic exhaust system
  • Black, 20-inch BMW M double-spoke rims
  • RECARO racing seats
  • Black side grills and trademark BMW M double-kidney grill
  • Black mirror covers
  • LED lights on the front spoiler
  • LED lights on the roof
Technical specifications BMW M5 Safety Car.
Engine V8
Capacity: 4,395 cc
Output: 412/560 kW/bhp
Acceleration 0–100 km/h: 4.4 seconds

BMW M6 Coupé Safety Officer

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The BMW M6 Coupé offers outstanding performance properties in an ambience characterised by luxury and innovative comfort features. The high-performance sports car developed by BMW M GmbH conveys a poise that is unique in the premium segment of the luxury class, and which is authentically reflected in the punchy design.

The precisely tuned interaction between the high-rev V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and 412 kW/560 bhp, the seven-speed M DCT gearbox with Drivelogic, the Active M Differential and model-specific chassis technology, an ideal weight balance and optimised aerodynamic properties ensure a particularly intense form of that unmistakable M feeling.

Modifications for the BMW M6 Coupé for the Safety Officer.

  • Carbon-look GTS wing
  • Bonnet with "motorsport lock"
  • Front apron specially manufactured in the BMW M factory
  • Akrapovic exhaust system
  • Black, 20-inch BMW M double-spoke rims
  • RECARO racing seats with Schroth belts
  • Black side grills and the double-bridge kidney typical for BMW M
  • Black mirror covers
  • LED lights on front apron
  • LED lights on the roof
Technical specifications BMW M6 Coupé Safety Officer.
Engine: V8
Capacity: 4,395 cc
Output: 412/560 kW/bhp
Acceleration 0–100 km/h: 4.2 seconds

BMW M550d Touring Medical Car

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The new benchmark for racy driving pleasure and efficiency in the BMW 5 Series segment is the BMW M550d Touring. The unique properties of the new six-cylinder diesel engine play a key role in enabling the BMW M Performance Automobiles to redefine the relationship between driving pleasure and economy – and consequently make sure the BMW M550d Touring is a particularly fascinating BMW EfficientDynamics representative.

This model embodies a particularly high-level application of the principle of increased performance coupled with ultra-low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The typically M interpretation of the BMW 5 Series’ characteristics also allows its drivers to experience the harmony of sporting capability and ride comfort, fascination and everyday usability in extraordinary depth. More impressive than ever, the Touring model proves the hallmark pulling power of a diesel engine can be converted into inspirational driving dynamics.

Model-specific modifications in the areas of power transfer, chassis and design enable a textbook M conversion of engine output into sporty driving pleasure. The standard-fitted eight-speed sports automatic transmission comes with gearshift paddles on the steering wheel and is given model-specific settings, enabling even more rapid gear changes and helping the engine’s performance characteristics to be exploited to the greatest possible degree. Meanwhile, the air channelling properties, handling and appearance of the BMW M550d Touring benefits from aerodynamically optimised body elements at the front and rear, Ferric Grey wing mirrors and air intake bars as well as the exclusive optional 20-inch light-alloy wheels.

Technical specifications BMW M550d Touring Medical Car.
Engine: Inline 6-cylinder diesel
Capacity: 2,993 cc
Output: 280/381 kW/bhp
Acceleration 0–100 km/h: 4.9 seconds

BMW HP4 Safety Bikes

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The MotoGP™ World Championship relies on the BMW HP4 with competition package as Safety Bike. The lightest supersports bike in the 4-cylinder 1000 cc class to date made its debut in 2012. With its horsepower output of 142 kW (193 bhp), the sports bike based on the successful BMW S 1000 RR weighs just 199 kg including Race ABS and with the tank filled up to 90 percent (169 kg dry with Race ABS).

With the new HP4, BMW Motorrad continues its HP series created in 2005. Following the boxer models HP2 Enduro, HP2 Megamoto and HP2 Sport, the BMW HP4 is the first 4-cylinder bike of the HP family.

To fulfil the expectations a High Performance bike has to meet, the new HP4 features a suspension world first for production motorbikes: the HP4 comes with the Dynamic Damping Control, DCC, as standard equipment. This system allows for the dynamic adjustment of the upside-down fork and suspension struts to the respective riding situation.

Technical specifications BMW HP4 Safety Bike.
Engine: Water-cooled straight four-cylinder
Capacity: 999 cm³
Output: 142/193 kW/bhp
Acceleration 0–100 km/h: 2.9 seconds