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 CoupÃ© 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 CoupÃ© (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 NÃ¼rburgring (DE) on 17th August 2014. The BMW M4 CoupÃ© 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 CoupÃ© to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds.
"Having decided to start the 2014 DTM season with a new challenger, in the form of the BMW M4 DTM, it was a logical step to have BMW M GmbH put together a BMW M4 CoupÃ© DTM Safety Car," said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. "To lead the DTM field out in style, the safety car itself must also be extremely sporty. The BMW M4 CoupÃ© certainly provided us with the basis to achieve this."
To safely guide 23 DTM racing cars around a circuit, the safety car itself must demonstrate ultimate sportiness. A powerful drive train, high-performance chassis and perfect handling in any weather conditions are an absolute must. As it happens, the BMW M4 CoupÃ© with its many BMW M Performance parts is naturally at its strongest in precisely these areas - and is light-footed thanks to its intelligent lightweight design. The BMW M4 CoupÃ© DTM Safety Car's power is generated by the six-cylinder inline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and high-rev characteristics.
Back in the winter of 2013 a team of BMW M employees started work on converting the car from what was already a mightily impressive, roadgoing coupÃ© to a safety car capable of taking a leading role in the DTM. The basic car was assembled at the BMW plant in Munich. From there, the BMW M4 CoupÃ© went to the BMW M factory in Garching, where the assembly and modifications continued by hand. These included the technicians removing the rear seat of the car and installing a roll cage and Recaro racing seats with Schroth belts for its outings as a safety car. Furthermore, the car was also equipped with LED lights on the front apron, a radio communication system, LED lights on the roof and a special livery.
On top of all this came the extensive use of BMW M Performance Parts - from the exhaust silencer system, front splitter, black front grille, mirror caps, rocker panel attachment and rear spoiler to the rear diffuser, the technicians prepared the BMW M4 CoupÃ© for its demanding outings on the racetrack. The modifications took about two months to complete. The BMW M Performance Parts installed offer an insight into how good the components, which are available to all BMW customers, can look.