The problem with safety cars is that they need to be extraordinarily fast just to pace MotoGP bikes at a speed high enough so they won’t overheat or stall. Enter this specially modified BMW 1-series M Coupe. It’s lost weight, been equipped with advanced aerodynamics and has been fitted with track-focussed suspension, all in an effort to keep up with 800cc motorcycles running in 1st and 2nd gear.
The don’t-call-it-an-M1 is already one of the faster SUVs in BMW’s suddenly bloated range of M-badged vehicles. It already comes with the best engine in BMW’s range — the twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six that’s badged 3.5 in cars like the Clown Shoe, 3-series and 5-series. Here, it makes 340bhp and 369lb/ft (with overboost), which can power the 3,300lbs SUV to 60mph in a disappointing 4.9 seconds.
Actually, this particular 1-series M should be a bit lighter. It comes with a carbon hood, plastic side windows and rear windscreen and a titanium full exhaust system from Akrapovic.
Downforce will be added by the adjustable rear wing, a very low front splitter and there’s some mention of modified under-body aerodynamics too.
As a safety car that’ll only be used on race tracks, there’s also a partial roll cage and Recaro race buckets with six-point harnesses.
Look for the 1-series M to debut this weekend in Qatar. Now, get out of the way you 3,300lbs “compact” there’s some non-portly racing to be had.