This is the brand new BMW M2 MotoGP safety car. As the name suggests, it will appear throughout the 2016 MotoGP season, sharing duties with the water-injected M4 Coupe, and an M3 too.
And it took BMW just over two months to build.
We’ll come to that shortly. Though the partnership between BMW and MotoGP stretches back to 1999, M Division took on official safety car duties in 2006. There have been some significant debuts during that time, too: the BMW M6 Gran Coupe arrived as a safety car in 2013, while the water-injected BMW M4 was a feature in 2015.
This year of course, we get the brand new M2 Coupe, a car we’re rather looking forward to. Unveiled earlier this year at the Detroit Motor Show, it boasts a 3.0-litre turbo straight-six engine, possessing 365bhp and 369lb ft of torque and good for a 0-62mph time of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.
For its duties as a safety car however, BMW’s M Division gave it a few tweaks. Last October, engineers began modifying and hand-preparing the M2. Ten weeks later, they had finished.
Here’s how they did it…