This one-off hardcore version of the BMW 1-series M coupe is the new safety car for MotoGP
22 March 2011

This hardcore track version of the new BMW 1-series M coupe is the new safety car for the 2011 MotoGP season.

The only thing for the one-off safety car that remains unchanged from the production model is the twin-turbo 335bhp straight-six engine. The car has undergone drastic weight saving, including a new carbonfibre bonnet with added large air vents, plus the use of polycarbonate for the side and rear windows. A lightweight titanium race exhaust is also fitted “for the benefit of the spectators”.

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Styling modifications include a large fixed rear wing to boost downforce, and an additional splitter at the front of the car.

The M coupe’s adjustable high-performance suspension set-up gets a new race set-up with independently adjustable dampers. It features new 19-inch wheels equipped with 255/35 tyres at the front and 285/30 tyres at the rear.

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Vehicle height and camber of the axles can also be altered to suit different circuit characteristics. A six-piston fixed-calliper racing brake system completes the dynamic changes.

Inside, the car gets a rollcage, two bucket racing seats, an Alcantara-clad M steering wheel and a fire extinguisher.

The BMW 1-series M coupe road car will go on sale in the UK in price, priced from around £38,000.

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A final facelift for the rear-wheel drive BMW 1 Series, as it aims to take class honours from the formidable Audi A3 and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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