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      03-23-2011, 07:23 AM   #1
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BMW 1 Series M Coupe MotoGP SafetyCar Detailed in Qatar by Auto-News
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German publication Auto-news was at the Qatar MotoGP in Doha and given exclusive time with the new SafetyCar. The site seems a fitting place to show off the the new 1M as Qatar is in fact BMW's second largest market in the Middle East.

But onto the car. According to auto-news, the car is both lighter and faster than the "stock" 1 Series M Coupe, with a lowered chassis and its own unique (blacked out) 19" wheels. The brake system and adjustable rear spoiler are taken directly from the M3 GTS, not difficult tasks considering how the 1M was concieved. Removing the standard catalytic converters in the rear is good for an additional 7-10 HP, but this was not in the official party line from BMW. While on paper this sounds like a nice CSL/GTS variant to the 1M, Auto-news is quick to mention that one should not raise their hopes for a production model of a 1M GTS as they don't believe this will go beyond a SafetyCar.

Auto-news got to bring racer Claudia Huertgen with them to do a few hot laps around the famed Qatar Losail International Circuit. Six-point seat belts and racing shells are the standard kit, and already you know you are in a true racer. Rear seats are out with a roll cage now in their place. Curiously a little stopwatch has been fitted to the instrument cluster -- someone is having fun with lap times. Auto-news start up the car and the engine rumble immediatly translates the cars intention. Off they go, their driver immediatly realized how direct and sharp the bite of the brakes are, steering is direct and the engine revs quickly with the right amount of feedback to the gas pedal. But they can never get the car up to very high speeds, they are after all driving on a motorcycle circuit without many long stretches and alot of tight curves. From the sounds of it, the chassis and engine are tuned perfectly, and the naysers will most likely be put in their place

The cooperation between BMW M and MotoGP has always been something of a curiousity, but M Director Kay Segler says it bluntly: "We have sold many cars at the track". And so it seems, the cooperation with the motorcycle-racing event is worth it. To that fact, Auto-news points out that rival AMG has recently begun to collaborate with Italian motorcycle company Ducati. But will BMW M directly work on motorcycles? For now the answer seems to be No. However Dr. Segler did go on to talk about the upcoming M Concept car (to be revealed at the Tokyo Autoshow) that will be "groundbreaking", but he did not elaborate. I certainly want to hear more about this concept car!

For all our German language readers, please follow the source link to read the full article and skip past my poor translation

Auto-News has also made video of the car available here: http://www.auto-news.de/video/index.jsp?id=29431. Just listen to that sound!

If you are looking for wallpapers of the 1M Safety Car, you can download them here

[Source: Auto-News]


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      03-23-2011, 10:13 AM   #2
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      03-23-2011, 10:18 AM   #3
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Dr. Kay always has the best ///M jackets, LOL.

The front drop looks great on this car.
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      03-23-2011, 10:25 AM   #4
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Fabulous....Can't wait to get mine. Wish May 15th was today
I also hope BWM will release at least some parts for the owners of 1M's. I already ordered the performance seats and other performance parts for mine. Please Munich.....listen to us
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Fabulous....Can't wait to get mine. Wish May 15th was today
I also hope BWM will release at least some parts for the owners of 1M's. I already ordered the performance seats and other performance parts for mine. Please Munich.....listen to us
agreed. i am waiting for mine also. i would love to get my hands on that rear wing and the roll cage as well so i can have the dealer throw them in before i pick up the car.
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Definitely has that Akrapovic flair to it. Sounds great!!
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Dr. Kay always has the best ///M jackets, LOL.

The front drop looks great on this car.
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Sounds good, and it looks good.
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I really love all variations of the 1M; the car looks very good! The subtle front lip and the drop also is very purposeful.
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agreed. i am waiting for mine also. i would love to get my hands on that rear wing and the roll cage as well so i can have the dealer throw them in before i pick up the car.
SO do I. There are so many things I wold like to add onto and into my 1 M before picking it up. But I am pretty sure I will be able to find all these items in future. Roll cage, Akrapovic....and take the rear seats off. This is going to be my new toy....and it will help to save my CSL for the future.
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SO do I. There are so many things I wold like to add onto and into my 1 M before picking it up. But I am pretty sure I will be able to find all these items in future. Roll cage, Akrapovic....and take the rear seats off. This is going to be my new toy....and it will help to save my CSL for the future.
Ditto! Love the wing, rear seat delete, and can't wait for the Akrapovic exhaust.
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lol, they saw the IND car and Active Autowerke car with the big wings on them and decided to do it.

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SO do I. There are so many things I wold like to add onto and into my 1 M before picking it up. But I am pretty sure I will be able to find all these items in future. Roll cage, Akrapovic....and take the rear seats off. This is going to be my new toy....and it will help to save my CSL for the future.
the exhaust sounds great in the clip but i am not sure about the $ amount that goes along with it. i would like to see what else is out there. the rest of the parts(cage/wing) have my name all over it! what color did you get?
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the exhaust sounds great in the clip but i am not sure about the $ amount that goes along with it. i would like to see what else is out there. the rest of the parts(cage/wing) have my name all over it! what color did you get?
AW. But that's just because nothing else was available. At first, my choice would have been Frozen Grey....but since this colour is not available, I went for AW. To me this gives me the appropriate opportunities for personalization like carbon roof, hub and rear. Want it like "no other". Again, this will be a toy for me, and I guess I will drive it for maybe 10 or 15 thousand km and then put it aside, next to the CSL.
And you? What colour will yours be?
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Me likey that exhaust! Hmmm, I bet it will cost an arm and a leg. Had no idea they made one
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Awesome sound! Got confirmation from Akra they will be releasing theirs later in the yr (October shipping most likely)
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AW. But that's just because nothing else was available. At first, my choice would have been Frozen Grey....but since this colour is not available, I went for AW. To me this gives me the appropriate opportunities for personalization like carbon roof, hub and rear. Want it like "no other". Again, this will be a toy for me, and I guess I will drive it for maybe 10 or 15 thousand km and then put it aside, next to the CSL.
And you? What colour will yours be?
same as yours. My dealer is pushing me hard to go with VO but honestly i dont think i can live with that color long term. I think it looks great in photos and is great for marketing events but white to me is a pure motorsport color. always has been, always will be.
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same as yours. My dealer is pushing me hard to go with VO but honestly i dont think i can live with that color long term. I think it looks great in photos and is great for marketing events but white to me is a pure motorsport color. always has been, always will be.
That's great. AW truly is a Motorsport colour. On top it leaves you the most and the best opportunities to individualize the car. You can do almost everything with AW....it always looks good; no matter what you do.
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