The battery-powered BMW i4 debuted back in the spring of 2021, but it will go on sale in a couple of months in November. However, we completely lost sight of the fact that a safety car based on it has already performed at the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring as part of the MotoE championship.
For reference: since 2019, the Enel MotoE World Cup series is part of the MotoGP World Championship and features all-electric motorcycles.
The event is important. First, the BMW i4-based safety car replaced the gasoline-electric i8, which had been used in motorcycle racing in previous seasons. And secondly, the novelty is the first all-electric safety car for BMW M. It is based on the i4 M50 modification with two electric motors front and rear. Their total power reaches 400 kW (544 hp). Electric cars are supposed to be silent, but this one has a special drive sound.
We recently wrote about another safety car – Aston Martin, which broke the 25-year hegemony of Mercedes in Formula 1. Now the peloton is driven by the Vantage coupe, and the Aston Martin DBX crossover is the medical vehicle. Under the hoods of both – “biturbo-eight” 4.0, however, compared to the civilian 510-strong modifications, the power is increased to 535 and 550 forces, respectively. In addition to the internal combustion engine, we had to modify the gearbox, change the chassis settings and equip the saloons with sports buckets and a roll cage.