BMW has unveiled the first fully-electric safety car, which will be used for the electric racing series, FIM Enel MotoE World Cup at the Motorcycle Grand Prix of Austria on August 15 at the Red Bull Ring (AUT).
The official car of MotoGP, will be the new BMW i4 M50, which will replace the BMW i8 Safety Car, which has previously led the field in the electric motorcycle series.
The new safety car for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup is based on the BMW i4 M50, which will be launched in November 2021. The first fully-electric performance car from BMW M features an electric motor on both the front and the rear axle, generating a total output of 400 kW/544 hp, and M-specific chassis technology, and a drive sound that has been developed specifically for electric BMW M cars.
“With the BMW i4 M50, we are entering a new era and presenting our first M with a fully-electric drive train,” said Markus Flasch, CEO of BMW M GmbH. “With the first M BEV, we are setting course for a future, in which the combination of extremely sporty, performance vehicles and electrification is an exciting theme. We are showing that everything people have come to value about M – the typical emotional M driving experience with sportiness, power and dynamics – is also possible in a fully-electric vehicle. While the production version of the four-door Gran Coupé will hit the market in the autumn, our fans can enjoy its world premiere at the racetrack this summer. There could not be a more appropriate safety car for MotoE than the BMW i4 M50.”
The FIM Enel MotoE World Cup has been part of the MotoGP world championship since 2019. The fully-electric series is raced with Energica motorcycles at iconic circuits in motorcycle racing.