For this MotoGP season, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe will be seen on racing tracks worldwide as it has been chosen to be the MotoGP safety car. The 1 Series M Coupe, which takes on the task for the first time, was confirmed awhile back to be the safety car of choice for the moto racing series.
As it is chased by a group of high-power motorcycles, it is putting on its fine clothes for when it circles the tracks. Several modifications had to be done to the 1 Series M Coupe for it to meet the requirements of a safety car. The BMW Safety Car is a one-off car produced by BMW M, using the same engine and drivetrain as the production version model. It will be powered by the 340hp straight-six M TwinPower Turbo engine.
But actually, the Safety Car is unlike any other 1 Series M. It features a carbon fiber-reinforced bonnet with additional large air vents, as well as polycarbonate side and rear windows.
It has an adjustable rear wing, which provides the needed downforce, enhanced in its turn by the honed front apron with Air Curtains, which is intended to act as an additional splitter integrated on the underside of the apron. The BMW Safety Car is fitted with 19-inch mixed tires, 255/35 at the front and 285/30 at the rear.
Its height is variably selectable, as is the camber of the front and rear axle. The car has also been installed with a six-piston fixed-caliper racing brake system.
A racing theme has taken over the interior. A rollover cage was added behind the B-pillar, the rear seats were taken out and two racing bucket seats with 6-point safety belts were put in. It also now has an M steering wheel in alcantara and a fire extinguisher.