BMW has a rich history of building safety cars for some of the world’s biggest racing series. This year, the M4 Coupe has joined Beamer’s safety car family when it made its debut at the start of the 2014 DTM season.
The M4 Coupe joins the 1 Series M Coupe , the M3 , the M5 , and the M6 Gran Coupe in that list of BMWs that have been commissioned for safety car duties. That’s an impressive list, and to help celebrate the occasion, the M4 Coupe DTM Safety Car was given all the bells and whistles to successfully serve its purpose.
Obviously, the M4 Coupe DTM Safety Car is based on the road-going model. That being said, a lot of the usual components of the road version have been taken out in favor of installing the necessary safety equipment as required by FIA regulations.
It’s a comprehensive modification that clearly was done for a specific purpose, just like the past BMW models that have been lucky enough to see duty as safety cars at one time or another.
The development of the M4 Coupe DTM Safety Car was also a case of good timing for BMW. There’s no better way to usher in the era of the M4 Coupe DTM Race Car than having one of its own in front of the pack – one that’s responsible for a lot more than just winning races and making podiums.
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BMW M4 Coupe DTM Safety Car In Detail
When we heard that BMW was turning the M4 Coupe into a safety car, we didn’t know what racing series it was going to be used on. What we did know was that somehow, BMW was going to find a way to install its M Performance Parts into the car.
Imagine our surprise then when BMW did just that, decking the M4 Coupe with a cadre of new M Performance components. As such, carbon fiber is now a common material on the safety car, thanks to the addition of a carbon fiber front splitter, carbon fiber mirror caps, a carbon fiber rear spoiler and a carbon fiber rear diffuser. Aerodynamic side skirts were also added, as well as a new titanium exhaust system, DTM livery, a new KW coilover suspension, and the obligatory emergency lights on the roof.
Inside, BMW replaced the stock seats of the M4 Coupe with Recaro racing seats. Likewise, the old seatbelts were also taken out in favor of Schroth harnesses. At the back, the rear seats are now gone and in their place is a new roll cage.
Unfortunately, the BMW M4 DTM Safety Car won’t have any performance upgrades. What it does have is the same 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that develops 430 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, enough power to handily accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 4.1 seconds to go with a top speed of around 155 mph.
Gallery BMW M4 Coupe DTM Safety Car
Munich (DE), 2nd May 2014
BMW Motorsport will not only field eight BMW M4 DTMs in the 2014 DTM season, but is also represented by a new lead car, based on the production model of the BMW M4: the BMW M4 Coupé DTM Safety Car will lead the 23 DTM racing cars around the circuits on the race calendar safely and with great aplomb.
The new BMW M4 Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 8.8-8.3 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 204–194 g/km) will make its debut as a safety car at the race at the Nürburgring (DE) on 17th August 2014. The BMW M4 Coupé combines motorsport genes and road capability in a highly-emotional and balanced general concept. The completely new, 431-hp six-cylinder inline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and high-rev characteristics generates a maximum torque of 550 newton metres over a wide range of speeds. This allows the BMW M4 Coupé to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds.