For a number of decades, BMW M Division has had a practice of creating special models using the mid-range series of the BMW M. These models were mainly designed to display better performance and have high-level driving dynamics.
The most current example of this tradition is the BMW M4 GTS. With only 700 units manufactured, the M4 GTS has combined fuel consumption at 8.5 1/100 km with combined CO2 emissions coming in at 199 g/km. To make sure that the public is able to see for themselves the outstanding performance qualities exhibited by this elite sports car, the brand chose a rather remarkable way of doing so. Specifically, for the 2016 season, the BMW M4 GTS will be the official DTM safety car.
To earn the privilege of being the lead car of what is considered the most popular international touring car series, the BMW M4 GTS has to meet high demands. As specified under DTM rules, the safety car has to be designed and even adapted to high-performance driving especially on the tracks.
In addition, the safety car should have enough power in order to maintain the speed necessary at which the participating vehicles can run without feeling any negative impact on their racing capabilities. Simply put, the DTM safety car has to be able to set a speed that DTM drivers can sustain. This entails having the tyres and the brake system operating within the ideal temperature range. Not surprisingly, the production version of the BMW M4 GTS already meets these demands.
Since 2010, DTM’s official safety car has been driven by 48-year old Jürgen Kastenholz. For the past two years, he has driven the BMW M4 Coupe DTM safety car. Kastenholz revealed that he is looking forward to drive this new car and will sit behind the wheel for the first time at Hockenheim from May 6 to 8, 2016, the official start of the DTM racing season.
According to Kastenholz, the BMW M4 shines due to a number of characteristics like fantastic response and neutral handling. It delivers amazing power delivery even at low engine speeds, he adds, helping optimize acceleration when driving out of tight corners. Kastenholz reveals that he has complete trust of the car once the go signal is given, an important attribute one needs in order to lead a group of 24 DTM racing cars running around the track during caution periods.