To prep the M2 for the rigors of the job, the M division made extensive modifications to the compact coupe. Inside, a modified roll cage from the M4 GTS was added, alongside anchors for a six-point harness and a bracket for a fire extinguisher. On the roof, a MotoGP-required safety lightbar was added. To compensate for the disruptive aerodynamic presence of the lightbar, engineers fitted the M2 with an adjustable rear wing, providing stability and increased downforce at high speeds.
The front splitter was modified as well, to provide even more downforce. To ensure reliability and longevity, the team also installed beefy carbon ceramic brakes purloined from the BMW M3/M4 twins. And to ensure the BMW M2 safety car can be heard over the noise of the racing bikes, the exhaust is stripped out and decatted.
Visually, the M2 Safety Car is striking, with a special white-on-gold color scheme, complemented by an assortment of graphics and decals.
Sprinkled around car are special BMW M Performance parts, which are available to standard M2 buyers from dealerships. On the M2, BMW added the M Performance exhaust system, carbon side skirts, grille inserts, diffusers, and mirror caps. A special M Performance coilover suspension was added as well. Inside, an M Performance steering wheel, carbon-fiber trim, and stainless-steel pedals are added as well.
What is not clear, however, is whether any performance modifications were made under the hood. On the regular BMW M2, a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six sends 365 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual transmission or dual-clutch automatic. Performance for the standard car is strong, with 0-60 mph arriving in just 4.4 seconds for the manual, and 4.2 seconds for the dual-clutch.
Take a look at the newest MotoGP safety car in both the video and the photo gallery below.