1M Coupe to be MotoGP safety car
One-off baby M car gets full-time job for 2011 bike racing season
Posted: 01 Apr 2011
BMW's moustachioed architects of oversteer have just released this: the BMW 1 Series M Coupe.
Yes, that car has already broken cover. But this is a special, one-off 1M, built specifically for the 2011 MotoGP series to bring order to the unruly mob of Stoner, Rossi and Capirossi et al.
Featuring the same 340bhp straight-six as the road car, this has a carbon-fibre reinforced bonnet with bigger air vents, polycarbonate side and rear windows, a special lightweight titanium race exhaust, an adjustable rear wing and an additional front splitter.
Suspension tweaks include a track setup with independently adjustable dampers, ride-height and camber, and six-piston fixed-caliper brakes under 19-inch rims.
Inside, the brutal minimalism of a track-special is manifested via a rollcage, no rear seats, two racing buckets and, of course, an M steering wheel.
We think it should see limited production immediately with the letters 'C', 'S', and 'L'...