BMW has announced that its M2 Coupe has been selected as the new safety car for MotoGP and will go into service this season.
“In the BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car, we are now taking the pure power and dynamics of this high-performance automobile to the racetrack,” said BMW M Division president Frank van Meel in the company’s website. “Like its predecessors, the BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car uses technological innovation, performance, precision and agility to help guarantee safety.”
M Performance Parts upgrades
The M2 Safety Car uses the same twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter, twin-cam, 24-valve inline-six as the production model that produces 365 horsepower and 500 Newton-meters of torque, which is mated to the optional seven-speed DCT dual-clutch gearbox. The company said it is also fitted with M Performance Parts like an exhaust with a flap system – which the company said allows the car to still be heard over the roar of the prototype motorcycles on their installation lap – and a beefed-up cooling system to cope with the demands of track use. The car also gets uprated carbon-ceramic brakes from the larger M3 and M4.
Externally, the safety car’s striking livery is complemented by a bevy of LED lights, which are controlled by a panel ahead of the gear lever. The company said these affect the aerodynamics of the safety car, which is why it is also fitted with an adjustable, carbon-fiber rear wing, a carbon-fiber rear diffuser and a deeper front air dam.
Safe yet stylish interior
In addition, the company said it included substantial upgrades to the chassis, starting with the roll cage adapted from the M4 GTS that takes the place of the rear seats. Other important safety features include two Recaro racing seats with six-point racing harnesses, a bracket for the fire extinguisher, a battery master switch and a fuel-pumping device help to guarantee safety when the car being transported by air.
The company said it reupholstered the bespoke interior with leather and Alcantara, along with adding gold touches on the steering wheel and the stitching to complement the gold wheels and roll cage.