The 2016 MotoGP season kicks off next month, and the new 2016 BMW M2 has been selected for official safety car duties. Based on the production car that debuted at the 2016 Detroit auto show, the BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car sports a few modifications for the popular motorcycle racing series.
Most of the hardware comes from the BMW M Performance catalog, though the safety car does feature a few custom bits. For starters, the rear seats have been removed to make room for the custom roll cage and fire extinguisher. The interior is also fitted with Recaro racing seats, a BMW M Performance steering wheel, and carbon fiber accents.
The engine is untouched, which means the production car's 3.0-liter, twin-turbo I-6 still produces 365 hp and is mated to a dual-clutch automatic. In addition to a BMW M Performance coilover suspension and Michelin cup tires, the safety car is fitted with a carbon-ceramic brake setup pulled from the M3 and M4. And to ensure the M2 MotoGP Safety Car can be heard from the stands, the stock exhaust system no longer has its catalytic converter or its flap system.
BMW says the adjustable rear wing helps counteract the aerodynamic disruption caused by the custom roof-mounted light bar. The safety car is also packed with aero bits from BMW M Performance, including the front skirt and rear diffuser.
Other BMW models will join the M2 in the safety fleet. Last year's M4 safety car makes a return and will be joined by an M3 and an M5. Serving as the official medical cars are a BMW X5 M and a M550D xDrive sedan. Finally, a BMW S 1000 RR safety motorcycle rounds out the safety fleet for the 2016 MotoGP season, which kicks off on March 20 in Qatar.