BMW's new M8 Competition MotoGP Safety Car


Did you know that BMW has provided the MotoGP Safety Car for 20 years now? Since 1999 there have been M5s, Z4s, even a Z8, and the fabulous M2 we had chance to drive a few years back. Now there's another to continue the lineage, the M8 Competition Safety Car.

Based on the 8 Series flagship that was first shown earlier in the summer, this Competition is a rolling advert for the M Performance Parts Catalogue, as well as featuring a few bits and bobs the road car can't have - see the M8 GTE rear wing, for example.

Those bits equipped on the safety car that can make it to the production M8 include the steering wheel, rear diffuser and side skirts; it's also been fitted with M Performance floor mats, carbon engine cover, and "carbon air breather side grill", though they seem of less importance. Frustratingly, what looks to be the most exciting bit of the safety car overhaul - the M Performance titanium exhaust - won't be offered in Europe.


Then there are those bits specially for this job: Recaro seats with Schroth harnesses, a chunky cage, a motorsport-style, clipped-down bonnet and a fire extinguisher. Of course a track special M8 looks very unlikely - note how every 'Competition' M car of recent times has thus far been 1,550kg and above - but there's something extremely enticing about a racy M8. And BMW makes much of how the road car and GTE racer were developed together, as Audi did with the R8. So maybe there could be something more...

Finally, it's worth noting the changes not yet mentioned, including the red foiled kidney grille (just in case more attention needed to be drawn to it), the black foiled side skirts, the BMW valve caps with M logo (yes, really), and the smorgasbord of lights: flashing corona headlights, then LEDs on the roof and in the front grilles. For getting people out of the way and making your M car centre of attention, perhaps the lights could find their way to the M Performance catalogue as well...






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  • monthefish 13 Aug 2019

    Don't think it's as nice as the old M6 Gran Coupe...
    (maybe it's just the livery, but it looks overly fussy in places, but strangely bland in others)

  • LucyP 13 Aug 2019

    I don't think the author of this article knows much about MotoGP!

    Lewis Hamilton did a lap of Silverstone this year in his F1 car in just under 1 minute 31 seconds. Marc Marquez set a lap time in 2017 (obviously 18 was abandoned) on his GP bike in just under 2 minutes. The circuit has been resurfaced (again) since then, and so the time will be quicker this year, as will the bike.

    Safety car rules aside of course, there is no way that BMW could keep up with a GP bike!

  • pomodori 13 Aug 2019

    LucyP said:
    I don't think the author of this article knows much about MotoGP!

    Lewis Hamilton did a lap of Silverstone this year in his F1 car in just under 1 minute 31 seconds. Marc Marquez set a lap time in 2017 (obviously 18 was abandoned) on his GP bike in just under 2 minutes. The circuit has been resurfaced (again) since then, and so the time will be quicker this year, as will the bike.

    Safety car rules aside of course, there is no way that BMW could keep up with a GP bike!
    Never heard of sarcasm ?

  • redroadster 13 Aug 2019

    German Mustang copy .

  • Plate spinner 13 Aug 2019

    LucyP said:
    I don't think the author of this article knows much about MotoGP!

    Lewis Hamilton did a lap of Silverstone this year in his F1 car in just under 1 minute 31 seconds. Marc Marquez set a lap time in 2017 (obviously 18 was abandoned) on his GP bike in just under 2 minutes. The circuit has been resurfaced (again) since then, and so the time will be quicker this year, as will the bike.

    Safety car rules aside of course, there is no way that BMW could keep up with a GP bike!
    I think it was more a reference as to how big this beast is, as opposed to how fast it will lap a track.

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