BMW IS THE OFFICIAL CAR OF MOTOGP FOR A 25TH SEASON
True MotoGP fans no doubt know this, but BMW has been appointed as the official safety car in the world’s most popular two-wheeled racing series for a quarter of a century now. It’s no different for the upcoming 2023 series either. The close partnership dates back to 1999 and shows no signs of ever changing. “2023 is our 25th season as Official Car of MotoGP – a long-standing, close partnership like this is special in international racing,” says Franciscus van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH. “We would like to thank Dorna Sports for the great trust they have placed in us for a quarter of a century now. Since 1999 we have been striving to incorporate our values such as innovation, technology, emotion, and passion into our partnership with Dorna Sports as well. Our new BMW M2 MotoGP safety car is just one example of this. With it we are continuing our tradition of putting the latest BMW M high-performance automobiles at the service of MotoGP safety. Be it the safety car fleet, the BMW M Award, or our many other activities in the top level of motorcycle racing – we are proud that Fascination M has become an important part of the MotoGP.”
“We are delighted to be joining BMW M in celebrating the 25th anniversary season of our partnership in 2023,” said Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. “In BMW M we have had a strong partner at our side for a quarter of a century; a partner with whom we have enjoyed superb collaboration in many different areas. We are very proud of this long-standing partnership that is never at a standstill, it gives plenty of fresh momentum each year. With the most innovative technologies, BMW M is taking care of safety in our sport for the 25th year now and is a firm fixture in the MotoGP paddock with a wide range of activities. Here’s to a fantastic anniversary season in 2023!” An M-car is a perfect choice for the task of being the on-track safety car for the simple reason that it needs to be fast enough to lead the pack and not struggle to keep to the racing lines. With the M2 being the newest kid on the M block it's the perfect choice because it not only has all the prerequisites but is also a great opportunity to market the car on a worldwide stage. The BMW M2 features a 343 kW twin-turbocharged in-line six so it has the power, and to make it more suited to the task there have been a few changes like a roll cage, RECARO seats, 6-point racing harness, a fire extinguisher, the safety car roof bar, and the matching front light. To show off a bit more several M Performance parts were added like an exhaust system, chassis upgrades, carbon wing mirror covers, diffusor, and rear wing have also been fitted.
Take a look at the YouTube video that shows a little more about the absolutely amazing BMW M2, in stock form of course, and you'll understand why it was chosen for MotoGP track duty over all the other M cars available for the task: The new BMW M2 | BMW UK
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