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      05-02-2014, 09:25 AM   #1
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Cool BMW M4 DTM Safety Car Announced for 2014 DTM Season

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The BMW M4 Coupe has already started serving as the MotoGP safety car, and now it's also been announced as the safety car for the 2014 DTM race series.

Munich (DE), 2nd May 2014. BMW Motorsport will not only field eight BMW M4 DTMs in the 2014 DTM season, but is also represented by a new lead car, based on the production model of the BMW M4: the BMW M4 Coupé DTM Safety Car will lead the 23 DTM racing cars around the circuits on the race calendar safely and with great aplomb.

The new BMW M4 Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 8.8-8.3 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 204–194 g/km) will make its debut as a safety car at the race at the Nürburgring (DE) on 17th August 2014. The BMW M4 Coupé combines motorsport genes and road capability in a highly-emotional and balanced general concept. The completely new, 431-hp six-cylinder inline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and high-rev characteristics generates a maximum torque of 550 newton metres over a wide range of speeds. This allows the BMW M4 Coupé to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds.

“Having decided to start the 2014 DTM season with a new challenger, in the form of the BMW M4 DTM, it was a logical step to have BMW M GmbH put together a BMW M4 Coupé DTM Safety Car,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “To lead the DTM field out in style, the safety car itself must also be extremely sporty. The BMW M4 Coupé certainly provided us with the basis to achieve this.”

To safely guide 23 DTM racing cars around a circuit, the safety car itself must demonstrate ultimate sportiness. A powerful drive train, high-performance chassis and perfect handling in any weather conditions are an absolute must. As it happens, the BMW M4 Coupé with its many BMW M Performance Parts is naturally at its strongest in precisely these areas – and is light-footed thanks to its intelligent lightweight design.

Back in the winter of 2013 a team of BMW M employees started work on converting the car from what was already a mightily impressive, roadgoing coupé to a safety car capable of taking a leading role in the DTM. The basic car was assembled at the BMW plant in Munich. From there, the BMW M4 Coupé went to the BMW M factory in Garching, where the assembly and modifications continued by hand. These included the technicians removing the rear seat of the car and installing a roll cage and Recaro racing seats with Schroth belts for its outings as a safety car. Furthermore, the car was also equipped with LED lights on the front apron, a radio communication system, LED lights on the roof and a special livery.

On top of all this came the extensive use of BMW M Performance Parts – from the exhaust silencer system (sample videos), front splitter, black front grille, mirror caps, rocker panel attachment and rear spoiler to the rear diffuser, the technicians prepared the BMW M4 Coupé for its demanding outings on the racetrack. The modifications took about two months to complete. The BMW M Performance Parts installed offer an insight into how good the components, which are available to all BMW customers, can look.

2014 BMW M4 DTM Safety Car




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I like the more subtle graphics.
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      05-02-2014, 10:03 AM   #3
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I wish they would sell those CF parts at launch so I could get them installed before delivery.
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The ///M Performance CF front lip looks very good !
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I wish they would sell those CF parts at launch so I could get them installed before delivery.
I agree. The rear defuser is a must.
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I like the more subtle graphics.
Agreed...you can actually see the car now.
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Discussion of 'functional' parts that affect performance would be nice:

KW gewindefahrwerke...
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Ugh...so many mods. All the CF M performance parts + Akra exhaust + HRE Wheels + Drop.

prob 20k in mods right there.
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The ///M Performance CF front lip looks very good !
The lip looks to be ABS while the splitters are CF. I wonder if they are separate items or purchased as a kit? Btw, look at the brake calipers in that pic. looks badass for sure but ~$9k with tax? No thanks.
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Ugh...so many mods. All the CF M performance parts + Akra exhaust + HRE Wheels + Drop.

prob 20k in mods right there.
Drop + HRE S101s + Exhaust =

Not sure about the carbon fiber spoiler yet though will have to see it in person
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Definitely looks great with all those goodies! The aero bits definitely look very slick.

Interesting to see that they went with KW coilovers over throwing something together themselves...or using the stock suspension.
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The lip looks to be ABS while the splitters are CF. I wonder if they are separate items or purchased as a kit? Btw, look at the brake calipers in that pic. looks badass for sure but ~$9k with tax? No thanks.
Yes, it looks like it's the same material as the extensive side skirts ,but i'm not sure about the chosen material !
About the Ceramic brakes and calipers, no doubt they are huge and doing their brake/works exellent is every way !
When i would buy one (///M4) i'm 100 % sure i would go for these Ceramic brakes,knowing that the stock///M brakes are not perfect!
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Interesting to see that they went with KW coilovers over throwing something together themselves...or using the stock suspension.
Wow, I missed that part but see it now in the picture! Very interresting indeed, I wonder if KW is their OEM supplier for M suspension parts? Anyhow makes me even more confident in going with the standard suspension. KW should be well prepared with parts now should there be a need to upgrade
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Can't wait until the season starts.
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Wow, I missed that part but see it now in the picture! Very interresting indeed, I wonder if KW is their OEM supplier for M suspension parts? Anyhow makes me even more confident in going with the standard suspension. KW should be well prepared with parts now should there be a need to upgrade
I know that KW Clubsports are standard on the C63 AMG Black Series and E92 M3 GTS. Not sure who makes the F80 M3/F82 M4 suspension though.

Side note: most non-M BMWs use shocks sourced from Sachs.
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