Along with a raft of other high-performance BMW cars for official roles, the 1-series M made its on-track debut last weekend at the Qatar GP.
BMWís support for the top-flight of motorcycle racing is now in its 13th year, and this year BMW M GmbH has built the car as a one-off specifically for the MotoGP series.
Only the 335bhp straight-six M TwinPower Turbo engine (and the entire drivetrain) was taken over unchanged from the production model.
In addition to the production carís bootlid spoiler lip there is now an adjustable rear wing to provide the requisite downforce, the nose has also been aerodynamically honed. Other track tweaks include a rollover cage bolted behind the B-pillar, the absence of rear seats, two racing bucket seats with 6-point safety belts, an M steering wheel in alcantara and a fire extinguisher are all standard in the Safety Car.
As well as the fleet of BMW cars, Munich has also laid on two Safety Bikes to help contribute to the safe running of race weekends: a BMW S 1000 RR and a BMW HP2 Sport.