Special models from BMW’s M Series are certainly not unusual and are from us here at NoBraking are very well received. The latest example is the BMW M4 GTS and the M4 GTS is the official DTM safety car for the 2016 season.
According to the DTM rules “the DTM safety car is designed and adapted for high-performance driving on race circuits and is powerful enough to maintain the speeds at which other vehicles also participating in the event can be driven without an adverse effect on their racing capabilities.” In other words: the DTM safety car must be capable of setting a speed at which DTM drivers are able to keep, inter alia, the tires and brake systems of their racing cars within an ideal temperature range.
The BMW M4 GTS already fulfils these requirements in the production version. The M4 GTS boasts the award-winning, 3.0-litre engine. Thanks to innovative water injection technology, it was possible to increase engine power output by 69 hp to 500 hp. It sprints from a standstill to the 100 km/h mark in a mere 3.8 seconds, reaching a top speed of 305 km/h (limited).
The tires of the type Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 in the sizes 265/35 R19 at the front and 285/30 R20 at the rear, which come as standard and were specifically designed for the BMW M4 GTS, contribute to the car’s outstanding handling characteristics. They are mounted on weight-optimised, forged and burnished M light alloy wheels in Acid Orange and feature an exclusive 666 M star spoke styling.
Moreover, the mandatory safety features for the DTM safety car are already fitted: in the form of the optional Clubsport Package including an Acid Orange roll bar located behind the front seats, 6-point seat belts adapted for racing and a fire extinguisher.
However unlike the street version and to render the car suitable for DTM racetracks, it was necessary to make a few changes. This meant the installation of the specific safety car light system with an LED light bar on the roof, LED flashers in the distinctively designed front apron as well the flash mode function for the LED headlamps. Clearly visible “DTM Safety Car” stickers and a radio installation for interference-free communication between the safety car crew and the race control were also added.
The BMW M4 GTS, is limited to 700 units worldwide.