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MotoGP will start its 2016 season sporting a brand new safety as BMW Group unveiled the new vehicle for the task: the BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car.

Replacing the previous year’s BMW M4 Coupe is the German brand’s new BMW M2 Coupe model that was revealed last year. Though smaller than its predecessor, the BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car is still just as potent as it features several unique modifications done by BMW’s M performance division.

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For the uninitiated, BMW Group have maintained a special relationship the grand prix motorcycle racing world for some time now. Besides supplying a fleet of official and safety vehicles, BMW also provides prizes for riders who chart special achievements in the season as well.

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As mentioned, the new vehicle is based on the compact BMW M2 Coupe sports car, with this MotoGP safety car being specially modified by M. It features things like an enhanced aerokit complete with a rear spoiler, most of which made using lightweight carbon fibre, plus a stripped out cabin that reduces the sports coupe’s weight further.

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Power comes from BMW’s signature new generation turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine that churns out 370hp, all of which is transferred to the rear wheels.

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Other modifications also include the addition of a roll cage for added chassis stiffness, the adoption of fully adjustable coilover suspension, carbon ceramic brakes, as well as a set of special Michelin Cup 2 tyres. Completing the safety car package is an eye-catching livery with contrasting gold-painted accents and the customary roof-mounted LED lightbar with special flashing LED lights too.

Source: BMW Group Press