BMW makes M4 safer

6 May, 2014 | by Lance Branquinho

Racing is dangerous. The latent risk is part of the reason why we’re predisposed to watch it.

When things do go awry for the cars on circuit, you need something fast to get to the scene of an accident and lead the grid back to safety. Hence, the rather literally named ‘safety car’.

German brands supply a great many safety cars. Mercedes-Benz provides some AMGs for F1. BMW? They offer M-division products for MotoGP as safety cars, and now, DTM too.

Beyond the M4 racing cars, there is now an additional M4 set to line-up at the start of DTM races. BMW’s DTM safety car adds a host of M Performance styling bits: quad exhausts, a pavement unfriendly front splitter, aft spoiler and diffuser combination and a sinister, blacked-out grille. If you ever wanted to know what happens if you go all-in with BMW’s M-catalogue, well, this is it – and it looks rather tidy too, might we say.

The über-M4  also features a properly minimalist interior. There’s a radio communication system inside but no rear seats, whilst the driver and front passenger are accommodated by Recaro’s finest buckets, threaded with Schroth harnesses. Oh, and of course there’s a roll-cage welded into place too.

Powering BMW’s DTM safety car M4 is a turbocharged 3-litre in-line six, good for 317kW and 550Nm. The M4 DTM will make its public debut at the Nurburgring on 17 August.

     

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