BMW has unveiled the BMW M5 MotoGP safety car, which will be used for the 2018 MotoGP season, which kicks off next month in Valencia, Spain.
Based on the 2018 BMW M5, the M5 MotoGP Safety Car gets several BMW M Performance Parts to emphasize not only the appearance of the car, but to add 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.
On the outside, the BMW M5 MotoGP safety car’s design is inspired by the BMW M8 GTE race car. It also features a unique front spitter, hood latches that are taken directly from racing and a LED flat light bar. Inside there are different bucket seats and a unique cockpit panel that controls the signaling system.
“A MotoGP Safety Car faces enormous challenges. It is vital to lead a field of unique, high-performance race prototypes safely through all sorts of conditions,” said Frank van Meel, President of BMW M GmbH. “Innovative motorsport technology is an essential part of this. The new BMW M5 forms the perfect basis for a safety car, as its technical features ensure perfect handling, even at the limits of driving dynamics – on the road and on the racetrack. Development never stands still in MotoGP, which is always pushing its limits further and further. The same is true for the BMW M GmbH – and the new M5 MotoGP Safety Car is an outstanding example of our pursuit of innovation and maximum levels of performance.”