BMW: Safety Vehicles.

Official Safety Car of MotoGP.

Millions of motorsport enthusiasts around the world are looking forward to the start of the 2016 MotoGP season. The best riders in the world and breath-taking race action – MotoGP is undoubtedly the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. This year marks the 18th season of BMW M as "Official Car of MotoGP" and once again features an impressive roster, spearheaded by the new BMW M2 Coupe. Despite not running a team in the MotoGP Championship, BMW are heavily involved at each and every round. BMW play a vital role in ensuring the safety of the riders before, during and after the race, which is made possible by an impressive fleet of cars and motorcycles. The BMW M MotoGP Safety Cars are specially modified versions of production M cars that utilise the very latest technology. Similarly, MotoGP teams develop high performance race bikes that are worlds away from the average production sports bike.

BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car

BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car

The flagship safety car for 2016 is based on the new BMW M2 Coupe and enjoys the enviable task of leading the most elite motorcycle racers in the world at each race meeting. Featuring a new inline six-cylinder engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and three-litre capacity, the BMW M2 feels quite at home at the front of the field. 

The BMW M2 underwent modifications at the BMW M factory in Garching in order to provide it with specifically designed features unique to safety car duties. Watch the film below to see the car transform into a (literally) race-leading sports coupe. 

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Not only do the modifications give the car an eye-catching appearance, they also play a practical role in aerodynamics, cooling and lightweight design. Many of the M Performance Parts, including the lowered thread chassis and exhaust with flap system, are also available as retrofit components for the BMW M2 Coupé.

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M Performance Parts

M Performance Parts

  • BMW M Performance front grille high-gloss black.
  • BMW M Performance carbon aerodynamic kit front.
  • Bonnet with "motorsport lock".
  • Flashing corona headlight rings.
  • ​LED lights in the front grille.
  • BMW M Performance exhaust system with carbon finishers.
  • BMW M Performance carbon rear diffusor. Carbon rear wing with closed mounts. 
  • LED rear lights.
  • ​BMW M Performance carbon side skirts. 
  • Front flap CFK/GFK underframe (newly developed).
  • Michelin Cup tyres.
  • Carbon ceramic brake (prototype).
M Performance Interior

M Performance Interior

  • RECARO racing seats with Schroth belts
  • Roll cage
  • Fire extinguisher with bracket
  • BMW M Performance alcantara steering wheel
  • BMW M Performance carbon fibre interior trim
  • BMW M Performance stainless steel pedal pads
  • BMW M Performance floor mats
Technical Specifications

BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car Technical Specifications

Acceleration 0-100 km/h:

Straight six-cylinder engine
2,979 cc
272/370 kW/bhp
4.3 seconds (with M DTC)

The Fleet

The Fleet

BMW Safety Vehicle Fleet

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Safety Car action timeline

Thursday and the morning of each day of the event:

  • The Safety Cars and Safety Bikes complete timing laps to check the timing and data systems are working correctly.
  • Followed by a slow lap by the Safety Cars, Medical Cars and the Safety Officer Car during which the individual steward posts are checked.

Race day:

  • T minus 30 minutes: the BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car, a Medical Car and the Safety Bikes take their place on the grid, in front of the motorcycles.
  • T minus 10 minutes: the two safety bikes complete one lap before heading into the pit lane. 
  • T minus 9 minutes: the Medical Car sets off around the track then remains track side. The location is indicated by a marshal using a yellow flag.
  • T minus 5 minutes: Safety Car does a lap to check the circuit is in perfect condition and takes its place at the back of the racing bikes.
  • Warm-up lap: Safety Car follows the field round the track, before pulling into the pit lane and taking up its position there, in order to be ready for action during the race. Medical Car leaves its yellow flag position and lines up behind the last bike.
  • Opening lap: Medical Car follows the field round, in order to be on-site immediately should there be a serious crash. It then takes up position at the exit from the pit lane.