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BMW M6 Granny Coupe: MotoGP’s New Safety Car for 2013


Andy_Bangle
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BMW M will start its 15th season as “Official Car of MotoGP” this weekend in Qatar, with the M6 Gran Coupe to spearhead the fleet of MotoGP safety cars. BMW provides the official safety cars in MotoGP since 1999.

BMW says the safety car version of the M6 Gran Coupe has been specially modified for its use as a pace car out on the racetrack, but doesn’t offer additional details. BMW’s fleet of official MotoGP cars for the 2013 season includes five BMW M and M Performance models.

Besides the M6 Gran Coupe, the M6 Coupe and the M5 will also be in action as safety cars, while the safety officer will take to the track in an M3 Coupe. BMW also offers two M550d xDrive Tourings as medical cars, with BMW Motorrad to provide two new HP4s as safety bikes.

Like in previous years, BMW will award an M car to the rider with the best overall qualifying record at the end of the season. The BMW M Award has been presented since 2003, with the most recent winners being Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo and Nicky Hayden. To mark the tenth anniversary of the award, BMW will present the best qualifier this season with a special M car, which will be announced in May.

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Here's the rest of the pack:

BMW M6 Coupé Safety Car

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BMW M5 Safety Car

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BMW M3 Coupé Safety Officer

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BMW M550d Medical Car

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BMW Safety Bikes

The MotoGP™ World Championship relies on the BMW HP4 with competition package as Safety Bike. The lightest supersports bike in the 4-cylinder 1000 cc class to date made its debut in 2012. With its horsepower output of 142 kW (193 bhp), the sports bike based on the successful BMW S 1000 RR weighs just 199 kg including Race ABS and with the tank filled up to 90 percent (169 kg dry with Race ABS).

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