BMW M4 Coupe DTM Safety Car is ready to kick off the 2014 DTM season

Article by Christian A., on May 2, 2014

BMW has something to be proud of as in the 2014 DTM season will not only field eight M4 DTMs, but also the M4 Coupe DTM Safety Car. Leading the 23 DTM racing cars, the M4 Coupe DTM Safety Car comes with plenty of BMW M Performance Parts such as the carbon fiber front splitter, mirror caps, rocker panel attachments, rear spoiler and rear diffuser.

Moreover, the vehicle features a BMW M Performance black grille, DTM safety car livery, new LED lights on the top, a BMW M Performance titanium exhaust system and titanium finishers. Inside, we find a new set of Recaro racing seats with Schroth harnesses, disassembly rear seat and a new roll bar.

Under the hood, there is the same 3.0-liter six-cylinder inline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and high-rev characteristics that delivers 431 hp and 550 Nm of torque. The new engine pushes the vehicle form 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.1 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph or 250 km/h.

Despite these performances, combined fuel consumption is 8.8-8.3 l/100 km, while combined CO2 emissions are 204-194 g/km. The new BMW M4 Coupe DTM Safety Car will make its debut at the Nurburgring on 17th August 2014.

Looking at the front section of the BMW M3 Sedan, it is clear that the features that stand out are the powerful curves and the way its three-dimensionality is strongly defined. This ensures that the front has that expressive and powerful face. In fact, the same can be said for the M4 Coupe. There are characteristic design elements on these two models that guarantee that they are indeed from BMW M.

The twin headlight configuration is still present though it has been given a more contemporary interpretation. LED technology is offered as an option. Then there is the unique twin-bar kidney grille while grille bars come in the back. The kidney grille has the M logo and mirror how the double-spoke BMW M wheels are designed. Yet another familiar feature is the front apron and its powerful design.

It reveals a trio of rather large intakes which ensure that the high-performance engine, and even the brakes, gets the needed cooling air. Still on the matter of signature design features the M is known for, the bonnet’s characteristic power dome can be observed and provides a clue to what the TwinPower M Turbo engine can offer. It even allows for space needed by the intercooler.

The prominent exterior mirrors, along with the suggested twin-stalk mounts, are sure to attract the eye. They have been designed in order to optimize the aerodynamics of both the M3 Sedan and the M4 Coupe. Meanwhile, the sides reveal dynamic lines and a low-slung profile. While the front sections of these two models show a dynamic feel, these are extended by the sides of these same models.

By having the M design elements that many are familiar with, it highlights the brand’s signature proportions of short overhang in the front, long bonnet, long wheelbase, and glasshouse that has been set-back. Habib says that the combination of the attractive surface forms and muscular wheels help put focus on the M3 and the M4’s dynamic potential.

Other details that help highlight the dynamism are the M gills which not only show a new design but offers an excellent style while having a functional role. Air Breathers have been incorporated to the M gills and when joined by front apron’s Air Curtains, enhance aerodynamics by ensuring that the airflow around the two models’ wheel arches are optimized.

The CFRP, with its curved roofline, comes in a dark color and allow the M3 and the M4 to have a more compact and lower-slung look. It also becomes easier to see that the roof pillars, which have the same color as the body, are the model’s uppermost point.

Press Release

A ninth BMW M4 for the DTM: the new BMW M4 Coupé DTM Safety Car leads the field in 2014

Munich (DE), 2nd May 2014. BMW Motorsport will not only field eight BMW M4 DTMs in the 2014 DTM season, but is also represented by a new lead car, based on the production model of the BMW M4: the BMW M4 Coupé DTM Safety Car will lead the 23 DTM racing cars around the circuits on the race calendar safely and with great aplomb.

The new BMW M4 Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 8.8-8.3 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 204–194 g/km) will make its debut as a safety car at the race at the Nürburgring (DE) on 17th August 2014. The BMW M4 Coupé combines motorsport genes and road capability in a highly-emotional and balanced general concept. The completely new, 431-hp six-cylinder inline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and high-rev characteristics generates a maximum torque of 550 newton metres over a wide range of speeds. This allows the BMW M4 Coupé to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds.

"Having decided to start the 2014 DTM season with a new challenger, in the form of the BMW M4 DTM, it was a logical step to have BMW M GmbH put together a BMW M4 Coupé DTM Safety Car," said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. "To lead the DTM field out in style, the safety car itself must also be extremely sporty. The BMW M4 Coupé certainly provided us with the basis to achieve this."

To safely guide 23 DTM racing cars around a circuit, the safety car itself must demonstrate ultimate sportiness. A powerful drive train, high-performance chassis and perfect handling in any weather conditions are an absolute must. As it happens, the BMW M4 Coupé with its many BMW M Performance Parts is naturally at its strongest in precisely these areas – and is light-footed thanks to its intelligent lightweight design.

Back in the winter of 2013 a team of BMW M employees started work on converting the car from what was already a mightily impressive, roadgoing coupé to a safety car capable of taking a leading role in the DTM. The basic car was assembled at the BMW plant in Munich. From there, the BMW M4 Coupé went to the BMW M factory in Garching, where the assembly and modifications continued by hand. These included the technicians removing the rear seat of the car and installing a roll cage and Recaro racing seats with Schroth belts for its outings as a safety car. Furthermore, the car was also equipped with LED lights on the front apron, a radio communication system, LED lights on the roof and a special livery.

On top of all this came the extensive use of BMW M Performance Parts – from the exhaust silencer system, front splitter, black front grille, mirror caps, rocker panel attachment and rear spoiler to the rear diffuser, the technicians prepared the BMW M4 Coupé for its demanding outings on the racetrack. The modifications took about two months to complete. The BMW M Performance Parts installed offer an insight into how good the components, which are available to all BMW customers, can look.

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