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A new BMW M5 is set to spearhead the Safety Car fleet in the 2018 MotoGP season, ensuring more excellent exposure for BMW’s latest super-saloon.
“A MotoGP Safety Car faces enormous challenges. It is vital to lead a field of high-performance race bikes 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.”
These features include the newly-developed M-specific all-wheel-drive M xDrive; a first for the M5. But the heart of the car is its 4.4-litre, V8 engine with #M-TwinPower-Turbo technology, that produces 600hp and a maximum torque figure of 750Nm. These outputs will enable the car to sprint to 62mph in just 3.4 seconds, with drive being channelled through a new, eight-speed M Steptronic gearbox with Drivelogic.
The transformation of the M5 to a MotoGP Safety Car was completed by the inclusion of special racing features and the necessary safety equipment. The front splitter is a specially-developed prototype, the bonnet latches are taken directly from racing and the bucket seats are from the BMW M4 GTS.
The flat, LED light bar on the roof is controlled via a specially-developed cockpit panel, and an additional signalling system is provided by the flashing blue LEDs in the front grills, and flashing corona rings around the headlights.
Further information on BMW M GmbH is available online at: bmw-m.com
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