There will be two BMW motorcycles at this year’s MotoGP. The BMW S1000RR and HP2 Sport won’t be racing, obviously, but will be used as safety vehicles by Dorna Sports, the organizers of the MotoGP World Championship. These two stock bikes will be there to reinforce the sporting image of BMW among race fans.
This is the 13th year BMW has been involved in MotoGP which ranks among the world’s most popular and spectacular sporting events. BMW is also donating eight automobiles including a custom built BMW 1 Series M Couple to be used by the Dorna Sports management team and IRTA officials. BMW’s M division will provide the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe in advance of its late April launch. The BMW Safety Car is a one-off built by BMW M GmbH specifically for this race series. Only the 340 hp (250 kW) straight-six M TwinPower Turbo engine and the entire drivetrain were taken over unchanged from the production model.
In the interests of weight reduction, the BMW Safety Car comes with a carbon fiber-reinforced hood featuring additional large air vents, as well as polycarbonate side and rear windows. A special lightweight titanium race exhaust system not only saves weight but also delivers a captivating sound for the benefit of the spectators. Complementing the discreet spoiler lip on the trunk lid, there is now an adjustable rear wing to provide the required downforce. On the Safety Car the aerodynamically honed front apron with its precisely defined air ducting, including Air Curtains, features an additional splitter integrated on the underside of the apron.
The interior features a roll cage bolted behind the B-pillar, two racing bucket seats with 6-point safety belts, no rear seats, an M steering wheel in alcantara and a fire extinguisher.
The suspension was specially adapted for the Safety Car. It boasts an adjustable race track set-up that includes a sports-tuned chassis in which the dampers are independently adjustable for bump and rebound. The BMW Safety Car runs on 19-inch mixed tires measuring 255/35 at the front and 285/30 at the rear. Vehicle height is adjustable and the camber of the front and rear axle can be altered to suit the specific race circuit. The braking system, already designed for extremely high demands, is replaced in the Safety Car with a six-piston fixed-calliper racing brake system.
The deployment of the brand-new BMW 1 Series M Coupe Safety Car marks the continuation of BMW M GmbH’s successful partnership – begun in 1999 – with Dorna Sports, the organizers of the MotoGP World Championship. As well as the official BMW 1 Series M Coupe Safety Car, this year sees two further reserve Safety Cars from BMW M GmbH present at the track: a BMW X6 M and a BMW M3. In addition, the organizing team has been given a BMW X5 M for the Safety Officer and a BMW ActiveHybrid X6 for the stewards. On call this season as a Medical Car is a BMW 535i Touring. The ceremonial handover of the vehicles took place at BMW M in Garching-Hochbrück on February 28, 2011. It was on this occasion that Dr Kay Segler, Director of BMW M GmbH, and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO Dorna Sports, announced the successful partnership would be extended until 2016, before sealing the agreement in a signing ceremony.