BMW will not only field eight of its new M4 DTMs in the 2014 DTM—or the German Touring Car Championship—season but will also supply the series’ lead car. Based on the production model and not on the racing version, the M4 Coupe DTM Safety Car will lead the 23-car grid around the circuits included in this year’s calendar.
The M4 safety car will make its debut at the Nurburgring leg of the DTM on August 17. There are 10 rounds set in this season’s DTM.
The new M4 has a completely new 431hp, inline-six engine that’s equipped with M TwinPower Turbo tech, allowing it to rev high and make 550Nm of torque over a wide power band. BMW said the result is that the coupe can accelerate from rest to 100kph in just 4.1 seconds.
BMW said the M4 safety car was modified by hand at its M factory, where technicians removed the car’s rear seat and installed a roll cage and Recaro racing seats with Schroth belts. The car was also fitted with LED lights on its front apron and roof, a radio communication system and special livery.
Besides these, BMW made the M4 safety car a rolling catalog of its M Performance Parts like an exhaust silencer system, front splitter, black front grille, mirror caps, rocker panel attachment, rear spoiler and rear diffuser. BMW said the M Performance Parts installed offer an insight into how good the components, which are available to all BMW customers, can look on a production M4.