Our Safety Cars for the DTM and the MotoGP™-World Championship.

Safety with M Power: The BMW M4 Coupé DTM Safety Car is in action again as the lead car in the DTM. The 2016 season also sees BMW M provide the official car fleet for the MotoGP™ World Championship for the 18th year in succession, spearheaded by the new BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car.

BMW M4 GTS DTM Safety Car

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BMW Motorsport not only fields eight BMW M4 DTMs in the 2016 DTM season, but is also represented by a lead car, based on the production model of the BMW M4: the BMW M4 GTS leads the 24 DTM racing cars as official DTM Safety Car around the circuits on the race calendar safely and with great aplomb.

The demands on such a lead car at the most popular international touring car series are high. According to the DTM rules “the DTM safety car is designed and adapted for high-performance driving on race circuits and is powerful enough to maintain the speeds at which other vehicles also participating in the event can be driven without an adverse effect on their racing capabilities.” In other words: the DTM safety car must be capable of setting a speed at which DTM drivers are able to keep, inter alia, the tyres and brake systems of their racing cars within an ideal temperature range.

The BMW M4 GTS already fulfils these requirements in the production version. Under its bonnet it boasts the award-winning, 3.0-litre engine taken from the BMW M3/M4. Thanks to innovative water injection technology, it was possible to increase engine power output by 51 kW/69 hp to 368 kW/500 hp. Maximum torque was increased from 550 Nm to 600 Nm. Hence, the BMW M4 GTS (ECE kerb weight: 1,585 kg, power to weight ratio: 3.0 kg/hp), which was consistently developed according to the lightweight construction principle, is the most agile, radical and best-handling model in the series. It sprints from a standstill to the 100 km/h mark in a mere 3.8 seconds, reaching a top speed of 305 km/h (limited).

Moreover, the mandatory safety features for the DTM safety car are already fitted: in the form of the optional Clubsport Package – available for the BMW M4 GTS at no extra cost – including an Acid Orange roll bar located behind the front seats, 6-point seat belts especially adapted for racing and a fire extinguisher. Therefore, to render the car suitable for DTM racetracks, it was only necessary to install the specific safety car light system with an LED light bar on the roof, LED flashers in the distinctively designed front apron as well the flash mode function for the LED headlamps. Clearly visible “DTM Safety Car” stickers and a radio installation for interference-free communication between the safety car crew and the race control were also added.


Technical specifications BMW M4 GTS DTM Safety Car.
Engine Straight six-cylinder engine
Capacity: 2,979 cc
Output: 368/500 kW/bhp
Acceleration 0–100 km/h: 3.8 seconds

BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car

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The BMW M Safety Cars are a key pillar in the commitment of BMW M GmbH to the MotoGP™. This season, the BMW M2 Coupé modified exclusively for this purpose is joined by the BMW M4 Coupé with water injection and the BMW M3 as Official Safety Cars. The organisational team will also have access to a range of other BMW and BMW M cars, including a BMW M5 for the “Safety Officer” as well as the BMW X5 M and the BMW M550d xDrive Touring as “Medical Cars”. Two BMW S 1000 RRs will be in action as Safety Bikes.

The BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car is the new highlight of the MotoGP fleet and immediately takes a leading role in the quest to get the field of top-class riders round the racetrack quickly and safely in the coming rounds of the World Championship.

The BMW M2 Coupé (combined fuel consumption with M DTC: 7.9 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 185 g/km), which was unveiled in Detroit in January 2016, provided the ideal basis for a MotoGP Safety Car, particularly as its distinct racing genes are part of the product DNA. The new inline six-cylinder engine with innovative M TwinPower Turbo technology and three-litre capacity guarantees extremely sporty performance. With a maximum output of 272 kW/370 hp and a maximum torque of 7,000 min-1, the extremely rev-happy power train really makes its mark out on the track. The intelligent, lightweight concept, low point of gravity and small, unsprung weight are further trump cards, which help ensure the maximum agility and dynamics of the high-performance coupé.

In the BMW M factory in Garching, the production car was modified, optimised and prepared by hand for its new role in MotoGP. As well as exclusive tailor-made solutions and mandatory safety features, the engineers at BMW M Division also equipped the Safety Car with extensive BMW M Performance Parts. This not only gives the car an eye-catching appearance, but also plays a practical role in the areas of aerodynamics, cooling and lightweight design. Many of the M Performance Parts, including the lowered thread chassis and exhaust with flap system, are also available as retrofit components for the BMW M2 Coupé.


Modifications for the BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car

  • BMW M Performance exhaust system with carbon finishers
  • BMW M Performance carbon side skirts
  • BMW M Performance front grille high-gloss black
  • BMW M Performance Air Breather high-gloss black
  • BMW M Performance carbon mirror caps
  • BMW M Performance carbon aerodynamic kit front (blades)
  • BMW M Performance carbon rear diffusor
  • Front flap CFK/GFK underframe (newly developed)
  • Carbon rear wing with closed mounts
  • BMW M Performance coilover suspension
  • Carbon ceramic brake (prototype)
  • Michelin Cup tyres
  • Bonnet with "motorsport lock"
  • Fuel suction pump
  • Battery master switch
  • Flashing corona headlight rings
  • LED lights on the roof with bracket (newly developed)
  • LED lights in the front grille
  • LED lights in the rear lights
  • RECARO racing seats with Schroth belts
  • Roll cage
  • Fire extinguisher with bracket
  • BMW M Performance alcantara steering wheel
  • BMW M Performance carbon fibre interior trim
  • BMW M Performance stainless steel pedal pads
  • BMW M Performance floor mats
Technical specifications BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car
Engine Straight six-cylinder engine with water injection
Capacity: 2,979 cc
Output (production version): 272/370 kW/bhp
Acceleration 0–100 km/h: 4.3 seconds

BMW S 1000 RR Safety Bike

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Features BMW Motorrad HP Parts

  • HP Race Titanium Exhaust System
  • HP Carbon Exhaust Bracket
  • HP Clutch and Brake Levers, folding
  • HP Front Footrest System
  • HP Carbon Wheel Cover, rear
  • HP Carbon Engine Spoiler Race
  • HP Carbon Chain Guard
  • HP Race Cover-Kit
  • BMW Badge for HP Race Cover-Kit
  • Brake Lever Protector
  • Engine Protector left and right
Technical specifications BMW S 1000 RR Safety Bike
Engine: Water/oil-cooled, four-cylinder, in-line engine
Capacity: 999 cm³
Output: 146/199 kW/PS