The 2021 MotoGP world championship season opener is just around the corner and this time around, BMW M is doing things a bit differently with three new safety cars and one safety bike. Labelled as the ‘Official Car of MotoGP’ since 1999, the new fleet is sexier than ever before which includes a BMW M3, BMW M4, BMW M5 CS, and the very first true M model from BMW Motorrad, the BMW M 1000 RR.
This lovely bunch of coconuts will be completed at the first European race of the season, the Grande Prémio de Portugal on 18 April 2021. After that, they will be joined by the BMW M8 Competition Coupe Safety Car, the BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe Safety Car, the BMW X5 M Medical Car, and another BMW M 1000 RR Safety Bike. Lovely.
According to Markus Flasch, CEO BMW M GmbH., “The safety car fleet is the focal point of our involvement in the MotoGP and we are very proud to be starting the season with four new vehicles for the first time in our 20-year history as ‘Official Car of MotoGP’. Our three new safety cars are based on production models, which deliver outstanding performance and driving dynamics that make them ideally suited to appear in the MotoGP. They will be joined by the new BMW M 1000 RR as the safety bike. The first M model on two wheels has been developed in motorsport and will meet the most exacting requirements on the racetrack. We are looking forward to the season-opener in Qatar and seeing our new fleet in action.”
Exterior-wise, BMW M is going down a different route instead of the usual classic motorsport white from the yesteryears. For 2021, the BMW M3 Competition Sedan Safety Car comes in Frozen Grey Dark Metallic, BMW M5 CS Safety Car in Frozen Deep Green Metallic, and our personal favourite, the BMW M4 Competition Coupe Safety Car in São Paulo Yellow. As for the BMW M 1000 RR safety bike, that remains in the instantly-recognisable BMW M colours.