MotoGP, an international motorcycling racing championship series, and BMW’s M Division have collaborated to create a safety car. In motorsports, a “safety car” is the vehicle which limits the speed of competing cars on a racetrack in the event of an obstruction on the track or bad weather.
Back in early October 2015, a team of BMW M experts began preparing to assemble the BMW M2 MotoGP™ Safety Car as a modified version of the new BMW M2 Coupé. After the production model was ready, engineers were ready to start to manually convert the BMW M2 Coupé into an exclusive safety car. The modifications took ten weeks to complete.
For the BMW M2 MotoGP™ Safety Car, BMW fabricated an adjustable rear wing from carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP). Parts of the interior and exterior mirror caps were also made with carbon fiber. The car’s racing seats include a six-point harness and a roll cage that is loosely based on the one used in the M4 GTS, another car in the BMW M series that incorporates CFRP in order to cut weight.
According to BMW, the entire M Performance Parts product portfolio as a whole features an extensive range of aerodynamic components made of CFRP. These include front and side sill attachments, rear diffuser and mirror caps that are “perfectly harmonized in their aerodynamic effect and additionally emphasize the powerful exterior design of the compact high-performance sports car.”
Automotive news outlet autoblog notes that although you can’t buy the safety car itself, most of the carbon fiber parts come straight out of the M Performance Parts catalog and are available to buy. Some of these include air intakes, a carbon fiber diffuser and air curtains wrapped in the BMW M series colors.
For more information, check out BMW’s video profile of the new safety car.