The new safety car for the 2015 MotoGP season has been officially unveiled and it is an upgraded BMW M4 Coupe.
The brand new BMW M4 Coupe MotoGP safety car is bringing a new water injection system which is helping boost performance and reduce fuel consumption. The carmaker has developed a solution to inject a fine spray of water in the collector, which will enable the point of ignition to come closer to the optimum value by lowering the tendency of the unit to knock.
The car company says that the necessary water is stored in a frost proof 5-liter tank, which is located in the trunk of the M4. Here BMW has also fitted the water pump, the valves controlled by the engine’s electronics and the sensors. Refilling it will have to be made before any drive on the track but in the normal world, this tank will have to be refilled once every 5 stops for fuel without extra maintenance.
“In the near future, BMW M Division will begin production of a model featuring water injection. Water injection is a system designed to increase the performance and reduce the consumption of combustion engines. We will be using this technology in the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car for the 2015 season for the first time”, said the president of BMW M Division, Frank van Meel.
As you probably already know by now, the M4 Coupe is the two-door solid roof version of the new M3 generation. The model has a 3.0L six-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine under its hood, with 431 HP (317 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque. From 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph), this needs 4.1 seconds and it can go up to a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), which can be raised to 280 km/h (174 mph) with the M Driver’s Package.