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

The BMW M3 DTM Safety Car set the pace in the DTM on more than one occasion when BMW returned to the series in 2012. And it will be in action again this season. The same applies to the exclusively modified BMW M production cars in the MotoGP™ World Championship.

BMW M3 DTM Safety Car

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Several products from the new BMW M Performance accessories range have been used, including the wing mirror, the steering wheel and the striking Guerney on the rear section. Other major changes include the Safety Car standard orange light unit on the roof of the car and the bolted on steel pipe safety cell.

The BMW M3 DTM Safety Car’s engine delivers a solid 450hp at 8,300 RPM. The V8 performance is transferred to the rear wheels by a 7-cycle M dual clutch gearbox with Drivelogic.

Technical specifications BMW M3 DTM Safety Car
Bodywork: BMW M3 GTS with 6-point safety harness/roll cage
Antiroll bar: from B column, bolted
Type: V8
Capacity: 4,361cc
Output: 331/450 kW/bhp at 8,300 rpm

High-revving concept with individual throttle valves, Bi-Vanos,

dynamically optimised oil supply and ionic-current knock control

Transmission: 7-speed M dual-clutch transmission with Drivelogic
Chassis: HAT rigidly bolted, thread chassis, adjustable traction/pressure
Braking system: Fixed-calliper system with Stahlflex brake hoses
Wheels/tyres: 19’’ competition wheels and studs, tyres 255/35 and 285/30
Seat: Recaro bucket seat
Steering wheel: BMW M Performance Parts
Harness: 3-point and 6-point harness
Gurney: BMW M Performance Parts
Flaps: BMW M Performance Parts
Engine bonnet: CFRP with vents
Exterior mirrors: BMW M Performance Parts
Exterior colour: Alpine white
Special modifications:
Roof light unit, BMW M3 DTM Safety Car livery

BMW M6 Gran Coupé Safety Car

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The BMW M6 Gran 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. The high-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and 412 kW/560 bhp propels the BMW M6 Gran Coupe from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds. And the elegantly sporty lines of the four-door Coupe are complemented by bespoke features, such as the carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof. 

Thanks to the extended passenger compartment space, the rear of the BMW M6 Gran Coupé provides two passengers outstanding travel comfort and, in addition, it offers a third seat for shorter trips. The front of the car is dominated by its large air intakes, standard Adaptive LED Headlights and an M kidney grille designed especially for this model. From the side, the first four-door Coupe in the BMW M GmbH range is clearly distinguishable from the BMW M6 Coupé thanks to its rear doors and 113-millimetre longer wheelbase.

Taking care of power transfer is a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic. The transmission’s electronic management system ensures the right gear is selected for optimum traction and also offers the driver a Launch Control function for maximum acceleration, Low Speed Assistance for extra comfort and the Auto Start-Stop function to enhance efficiency. Under particularly dynamic acceleration out of corners, as well as in tricky road and weather conditions, the Active M Differential at the rear axle distributes the engine’s power between the individual wheels to maximum traction-enhancing effect.

Several safety-car modifications were made in order to prepare the BMW M6 Gran Coupé Safety Car for its outings on the track, such as the bonnet with "motorsport lock", the front apron specially manufactured in the BMW M factory, the BMW M Performance Parts aero rear wing, the Akrapovic exhaust system, the LED lights on front apron, the LED lights on the roof as well as black components like the double-bridge kidney typical for BMW M, the 20-inch BMW M double-spoke rims, the black side grills, door handle inserts and the black mirror covers.

Technical specifications BMW M6 Gran Coupé.
Engine: V8
Capacity: 4,395 cc
Output: 412/560 kW/bhp
Acceleration 0–100 km/h: 4.2 seconds

BMW M6 Coupé Safety Car

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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.

Even on the road, this car is the embodiment of pure high performance. One model has been taken to an even higher level, however: prepared in the BMW M factory for use as the exclusive Safety Car in the MotoGP™ World Championship, this unique car has given its instincts free rein. The BMW M6 Coupé Safety Car demonstrates its special character at the head of the field.

Modifications for the BMW M6 Coupé Safety Car.

-    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 motor-racing seats with Schroth harness
-    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.
Engine: V8
Capacity: 4,395 cc
Output: 412/560 kW/bhp
Acceleration 0–100 km/h: 4.2 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.
Engine V8
Capacity: 4,395 cc
Output: 412/560 kW/bhp
Acceleration 0–100 km/h: 4.4 seconds


BMW M3 Coupé Safety Officer

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The 4.0-litre V8 engine, which boasts its own racing genes and generates a mighty 309 kW/420 bhp, helps the BMW M3 Coupé produce outstanding driving performance and accelerate from nought to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds. This season, the vehicle for the safety team will feature for the first time the impressive colour ‘Frozen Black’. 

The punchy front of the BMW M3 Coupé provides exactly the right amount of room for the high-rev V8 engine. The muscular rear of the car allows space for the widened track and four exhaust pipes. Even the wing mirrors have been optimised to produce less drag. The powerful profiles promise the purest form of driving dynamics – uncompromising and yet suitable for daily use. A promise that the BMW M3 Coupé meets with ease.

Innovative lightweight construction means optimising every part in line with the overall concept. In the case of the BMW M3 Coupé, this means reducing weight and concentrating bulk. A carbon roof and lightweight bumpers save weight at crucial points on the car, thus lowering the centre of gravity. The effect can be felt in the dynamics, previously unachieved precision and ease of every manoeuvre.

The BMW M3 Coupé does not struggle against aerodynamic drag. It uses the airstream. This is made possible by the intake ports next to the power dome, through which the air flows directly to the engine. The M front skirt guides the airstream into the radiators. The extensively encased undercarriage minimises turbulence and cools the rear-axle transmission. Every detail, such as the mirrors and rear diffusor, have been optimised to produce minimal drag and maximum performance.

Modifications for the BMW M3 Coupé:

-   BMW M Performance accessories (Seats, Alcantara steering wheel
    mirror covers, carbon-fibre rear wing and front splitter)
-   Akrapovic exhaust system

Technical specifications BMW M3 Coupé.

Engine: V8  
Capacity: 3,999 cc  
Output: 309/420 kW/bhp  
Acceleration 0–100 km/h: 4.7 seconds

BMW M550d 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 Gray wing mirrors and air intake bars as well as the exclusive optional 20-inch light-alloy wheels.

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


BMW 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.