We still don't like that weird exhaust, but it certainly works better here.
BMW and MotoGP have had an ongoing relationship for many years now, so when BMW M reveals a new car, it usually creates a safety car (or multiple safety cars) based upon the new arrival(s). Most recently, the M2 CS Racing was used as a safety car, but the M5 CS, the M6 Gran Coupe, the M4, and even the 1 Series M Coupe have featured. Those are all old news now, and the hottest product from Munich this week is the first-ever BMW M3 Touring, a car that is being debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Alongside it will be this, the M3 Touring MotoGP Safety Car, and it's had the whole M Performance catalog thrown at it. It's also the only BMW M3 Touring that will be coming to America, as MotoGP will race in Austin, Texas in 2023.
BMW M has provided the 'Official Car of MotoGP' since 1999, but it does not participate in the racing with its own bikes. Yes, it has the M 1000 RR superbike, but the MotoGP category, like Formula 1, is made up of prototype machines that BMW cannot sell to the public. BMW obviously doesn't see much benefit in the sport, but it gets more than enough marketing value from safety cars such as this.
The all-new M3 Touring Safety Car will make its first race appearance in early August at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, where racegoers will be able to take a closer look at the strange exhaust and front bumper canards, among other M Performance parts.
The spectacular safety car with its lights and decals will go up the famous Goodwood hill on all festival days, as will a regular example of the new M3 Touring. Those who get to see it up close this weekend will note the Recaro seats and four-point harnesses, a safety cross beam, roof lights, and front flashers, but there are finer details still: BMW says that the safety car sports the 50th-anniversary BMW badge and a special livery celebrating 50 Years of BMW M, "and all MotoGP safety cars from 1999 to the present day are listed on the car." Other enhancements include an emergency disconnector and a fuel extraction system.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed runs from Thursday-Sunday, 23-26 June.