The MotoGP will this year see the BMW 1 Series M Coupe deployed as the official Safety Car ahead of its market launch in later April 2011. This year will mark the 13th year the BMW M GmbH has been involved in the MotoGP event.
The BMW Safety car is unique, being built specifically by BMW M GmbH for this race series, with only the 340hp M TwinPower Turbo engine and drivetrain being unchanged from the production model, giving some indication of the bmw 1 Series M Coupe's power.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe Safety Car features a carbon fibre-reinforcced bonnet, featuring large air vents alongside polycarbonate side and rear windows, designed and fitted in order to save weight. A special lightweight titanium race exhaust has been designed to produce a sound to enthrall spectators. A rear wing can be adjusted, in order to provide the required downforce.
The interior features a rollover cage, no rear seats and two front bucket seats complete with 6-point safety belts. Also featuring is an M steering wheel in alcantara and a fire extinguisher
The suspension has also been redesigned and adapted for the BMW 1 Series M Coupe Safety car. The setup includes a sports-tuned chassis with independently adjustable dampers. The BMW Safety Car runs on 19 inch mixed tyres, 255/35 on the front, 285/30 on the rear. The height of the vehicle can also be adjusted as is the camber of the front and rear axle, in accordance with the track. Although the braking system for the BMW 1 Series M Coupe is designed for high performance, the Safety Car comes with a six piston fixed caliper racing brake system.Published 25 March 2011