BMW 1M Coupe Safety Car For MotoGP

March 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Even before it officially reaches the market, the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe has been given an important job. It will take over from BMW X6M as the pace car for 2011 MotoGP season. Being a safety car might not sound like much but it is actually a prestigious title for every performance car.

The specially prepared 1M for the job gets upgraded braking and suspension, as well as a semi stripped-out interior that’s been fitted with mandatory safety features like roll cage. The car also gets a nice livery inspired y BMW racing colors. Only the 250 kW/340 hp straight-six M TwinPower Turbo engine and the entire drivetrain were taken over unchanged from the production model.

BMW 1M Coupe Safety Car For MotoGP BMW 1 Series M Safety Car 1

The pace car is also lightened to some extent with carbon fiber and polycarbonate panels to be more agile and nimble on the track. On the Safety Car the aerodynamically honed front apron with its precisely defined air ducting, including Air Curtains, features an additional splitter integrated on the underside of the apron. That’s another difference with the production model.

The coolest feature of the BMW 1M Coupe Safety Car however is the special lightweight titanium race exhaust system whcih not only saves weight but also delivers a captivating sound for the benefit of the spectators, so they will actually enjoy it every time the safety car is deployed!