BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car 2

BMW M Division has been providing safety cars to MotoGP since 1999. An essential part of racing safety, Dorna Sports and M Division signed a partnership in 2014 that extends to 2020 for the use of BMW vehicles. As part of the MotoGP Safety Car fleet, M Division is this year putting an M2 MotoGP Safety Car in the fleet for official duties.

The safety cars are modified at BMW’s M works for use as lead cars during a MotoGP race, along with other vehicles in the safety car fleet. Modifications to the M2 include the installation of a roll cage, fire extinguisher, and Recaro seats. The interior is stripped out and body reinforced to take the stress of hard driving on the track during races.

BMW’s M2 Coupe is powered by a 3.0 litre closed deck single turbo direct injection six-cylinder engine producing 370 hp and 465 Nm of torque (overboost to 500 Nm available), and can be had with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed M DCT dual clutch gearbox.

Capable of hitting the 100 km/h mark in just 4.3 seconds with the M DCT, the M2 shifts faster than any human ever could and also has a Launch Control feature. Manual shifting gets the M2 there in 4.5 seconds. The car has a top speed of 250 km/h, but an additional 20 km/h is available with the M Driver’s Package. Both figures are electronically limited.

M Division features like quad tailpipes with electronically-countrolled exhaust flap system and wider fenders are part of the package of the MotoGP safety car. In case anyone forgets what this car is for, an emergency light-bar on the roof and flashing lights are also included.