BMW to supply electric safety car for Austrian Motorcycle GP
At the Austrian Motorcycle Grand Prix on 15 August at the Red Bull Ring, BMW will present the new BMW i4 M50 Safety Car for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup. Previously, a BMW i8 was used as the Safety Car for the MotoE.
“With the BMW i4 M50, we are entering a new era and presenting our first M with a fully-electric drive train,” says Markus Flasch, Managing Director of BMW M GmbH. “With the first M BEV, we are setting course for a future, in which the combination of extremely sporty, performance vehicles and electrification is an exciting theme.”
Incidentally, the BMW i8 has also been replaced by an electric car for Formula E this season. In this case, however, the BMW Group opted for a tuned Mini Cooper SE. While the Mini Safety Car has been technically adapted, BMW does not mention any technical changes in the announcement for the i4 M50 Safety Car – but does mention that the Safety Car is based on the i4 M50. So changes are possible, albeit more in terms of weight – components such as the rear seat are not needed here. The output of the series model is already 400 kW.
BMW provides the safety car and the medical car for all motorbike racing series in the MotoGP. However, the i4 will only be used in the MotoE electric racing series. In MotoGP itself – and the junior classes Moto3 and Moto2 – BMW will stick with the combustion engine version of the M4 as the safety car.