BMW, well renowned when it comes to making the ultimate driving machine. The current lineup of models which includes the M4 and i8 coupes is amongst the best cars ever produced by the German car makers.
While we all know these cars are excellent on the road BMW has decided to get involved with employing the M4 and the i8 as safety cars across various racing series such as Moto GP and the German DTM racing series.
The Moto GP M4 is modified to deal with superfast Moto GP bikes following it as huge pace with various items such items as a modified exhaust system and carbon rear spoiler.
Personally I would love to see a road legal version of the M4 as it would be a great daily driver.
Photo galleries of these mighty machines below:
BMW M4 Coupé DTM Safety Car
BMW M4 Coupé Safety Car
BMW i8 Safety Car and BMW i3 Medical Car
BMW official press release below:
LEADING THE PACK.Our Safety Cars for the DTM, the MotoGP™-World Championship and the FIA Formula E Championship.
Safety with M Power: In 2015, the BMW M4 Coupé DTM Safety Car is in action again as the lead car in the DTM. This season also sees BMW M provide the official car fleet for the MotoGP™ World Championship for the 17th year in succession, spearheaded by the BMW M4 Coupé Safety Car with innovative water injection technology. In the FIA Formula E Championship BMW runs the BMW i8 Safety Car and the BMW i3 Medical Car.
BMW Motorsport not only fields eight BMW M4 DTMs in the 2015 DTM season, but is also represented by a lead car, based on the production model of the BMW M4: the BMW M4 Coupé DTM Safety Car leads the 24 DTM racing cars around the circuits on the race calendar safely and with great aplomb.
The 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 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.
To safely guide 24 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 BMW M Safety Cars are a key pillar in the commitment of BMW M GmbH to the MotoGP™. This season, the BMW M4 Coupé modified exclusively for this purpose is joined by the BMW M3 and the BMW M6 Gran Coupé as Official Safety Cars.
As it did last year, the BMW M4 Coupé will again head the Safety Car fleet in the MotoGP World Championship in 2015. Appearing as it does in the extremely performance-oriented world of MotoGP, where the world’s top motorcycle racers battle for points and positions, the Safety Car must also boast appropriately impressive performance parameters. With this in mind, the engineers at BMW M GmbH have equipped the high-performance power unit with an innovative water injection, thus considerably increasing the engine’s performance. Water injection makes it possible to raise the upper performance limits, which have otherwise been restricted thermally. As well as increasing performance and torque, the innovative system in the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car also ensures outstanding efficiency with benefits in terms of full-load consumption and exhaust emissions. As a BMW M product at the cutting edge of technology and innovation, the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car also opens up possibilities for use of this technology in future production models.
Like all the Safety Cars, the BMW M4 Coupé has also been further optimised in the BMW M factory for its role at the head of a field of racing motorcycles. For example, the rear seat was removed and RECARO racing seats with Schroth belts installed. The Safety Car is also equipped with an extensive range of BMW M Performance Parts, including the titanium BMW M Performance Exhaust System with titanium tailpipes, a BMW M Performance Front Splitter, and a BMW M Performance Rear Diffusor. A carbon rear spoiler reduces the amount of lift on the rear axle. LED lights on the front apron and roof, together with the exclusive livery, mean there is no mistaking that this high-performance car is a Safety Car.
Modifications for the BMW M4 Coupé Safety Car.
BMW M Performance titanium exhaust system with carbon finishers
BMW M Performance side skirts
BMW M Performance front grille black
BMW M Performance carbon mirror caps
BMW M Performance aerodynamic kit front (carbon splitter and blade)
BMW M Performance carbon rear diffusor
Carbon rear wing
RECARO racing seats with Schroth belts
Bonnet with “motorsport lock”
LED lights on the roof
LED lights on the front apron
When the inaugural season of the new FIA Formula E Championship got underway in Beijing on 13th September 2014, BMW was also involved as the Official Vehicle Partner. The BMW i8, the low-emission hybrid, will be employed as the safety car in the forward-looking all-electric single-seater series. Two fully-electric and therefore zero-emission BMW i3 models will take on the role of the medical car and extraction car respectively.
“From 2014, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) is breaking new ground with the FIA Formula E Championship,” said Jörg Reimann, Vice President BMW Brand Experience Customer. “Fully-electric single-seater racing cars, narrow street circuits in the heart of major cities around the world, and an innovative incorporation of fans via social networks: the concept of the series is interesting in many ways. As a pioneer in the field of electric mobility, we know that it is sometimes necessary to break the mould, but that it is still possible to remain true to your fundamental values. For this reason, the fully-electric BMW i3 and our low-emission hybrid, the BMW i8, are still synonymous with the driving pleasure BMW is renowned for. In brief: BMW i and Formula E are a perfect match. This makes it attractive for us to be involved in the inaugural season of the new FIA Formula E Championship. We now have this opportunity as the ‘Official Vehicle Partner’ and are very much looking forward to the 2014/2015 season.”
The BMW i3, which generates 170 hp and 250 Nm, was launched at the end of 2013 and is the BMW Group’s first fully-electric model in large-scale production. It boasts a visionary design, revolutionary vehicle architecture, innovative networking of driver, car and the environment, and the driving pleasure BMW is renowned for. The premium character of the car is highlighted by the sustainable and unrivalled product substance.
The BMW i8 is the sports car of the future. Thanks to a top performance of 362 hp, 570 Nm of torque, the efficient carbon and aluminium lightweight design concept, and a new benchmark in aerodynamic quality in the sports car sector, with a Cx value of 0.26, the BMW i8 accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds and 80 to 120 km/h in 2.6 seconds – and all with the consumption figures of a compact car.