The new BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car will debut at the MotoGP season finale in Valencia, Spain (10 to 12 November) and will spearhead the MotoGP Safety Car fleet in the 2018 season.
Painstaking manual work at the BMW M Manufaktur in Garching converted the high-performance 600bhp/750Nm 4.4-litre V8 M5 into the M5 MotoGP Safety Car, preparing it to appear as the course car in the world’s fastest motorcycle racing series.
This process included the addition of numerous BMW M Performance Parts, many of which are available as retrofit parts for the M5 production model. These emphasise the sporty appearance of the Safety Car and meet all the functional requirements for aerodynamics, cooling and lightweight construction.
These include various carbon components such as side sills, rear diffusor, rear spoiler, front kidney grille, door mirror caps and air breather slats. The BMW M Performance sport exhaust system is made of titanium, with carbon exhaust tips, and has been designed specially for use on the racetrack.
The transformation of the M5 to a MotoGP Safety Car was completed by the inclusion of special racing features and the necessary safety equipment.
The front splitter is a prototype developed specifically for the M5 MotoGP Safety Car. The bonnet latches are taken directly from racing. The bucket seats from BMW’s M4 GTS guarantee a combination of comfort and maximum security for their occupants when being in action on the racetrack. The flat light bar on the roof uses modern LED technology. It is controlled via a specially developed cockpit panel. Another important signalling system is provided by the flashing front lights, consisting of blue LED lamps in the front grilles and flashing corona rings for the headlamps.
Check out the 2016 MotoGP season’s BMW M2 Safety Car.