BMW Motorsport revealed the BMW M3 DTM Safety Car at the Rhein-Main-Hallen in Wiesbaden, Germany, yesterday evening. Based on the BMW M3 GTS, the car was specially modified by BMW M GmbH for use on several DTM race weekends over the course of the 2012 season.
The modifications inside the safety car include the use of many products from the new BMW M Performance Accessories range, such as the gurney, flaps, and exterior mirror caps. The most noticeable changes are the orange lights on the roof of the car, which are typical of safety cars, and the bolted, steel-pipe safety cell. The engine bonnet has also been replaced with a new bonnet with CFRP with vents.
The 4.4 liter V8 engine produces 450bhp at 8,300rpm and is linked to a seven-speed M dual-clutch transmission with Drivelogic. The safety car rides on 19 inch competition wheels fitted with tyres sizing 255/35 at the front and 285/30 at the rear.
On the inside, there are Recaro bucket seats, a BMW M Performance steering wheel and a combination of three-point and six-point harnesses.