BMW M4 Coupé takes centre stage as the official safety car for MotoGP™.
Alfardan Automobiles – the official importer of BMW in Qatar – celebrated the successful conclusion of the BMW brand’s eleventh consecutive year as the official car of Commercialbank MotoGP™ in Doha, Qatar.
Drivers, officials and organizers of the premier Grand Prix motorcycling racing event, which took place this weekend (Saturday 29th March) at the Losail International Circuit, enjoyed a weekend of premium BMW models, with a luxury fleet of 25 models, including the BMW 5 Series, 6 Series 7 Series and all-new BMW X6, which was launched at the end of 2014. The cars were used for chauffeuring and other transportation needs throughout the event.
In addition, the BMW M4 Coupé was provided as the lead model of a fleet of Safety Cars, as well as the BMW X5M, which served as the medical car. Having made its Middle East debut at the Qatar International Motor show last month, the latest sports utility vehicle from BMW M combines the temperament of a traditional M sports car with the functionality of an X model, powered by the latest-generation 4.4-litre V8 engine, produces maximum output of 423 kW/575 hp, using innovative M TwinPower Turbo technology to push torque and output to even higher performance levels. Both cars are from BMW M GmbH, a subsidiary of the world’s leading premium automotive manufacturer for sports and high performance vehicles.
Together with BMW M GmbH, Alfardan Automobiles celebrated the launch and start of the grand prix season with an exclusive event, in which media representatives and customers were invited to attend the race at the Alfardan Automobiles VIP lounge. Guests also had the exclusive opportunity to ride in the BMW M4 Coupé safety car around the Losail International Circuit.
“Alfardan Automobiles has gone from strength to strength in Qatar, continuing our successful partnership for the twelfth year running with an international event such as the MotoGP™ is testament to our commitment to promote and support the expanding sporting calendar that Qatar now has,” Said Ihab Allam General Manager of Alfardan Automobiles.
The BMW M4 Coupé has been designed for maximum driving dynamics, with race track abilities in mind. The six-cylinder inline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, a high-rev concept and distinct racing genes contributes significantly to the high-performance character of the overall concept. The production version of the sporting heart delivers a top performance of 431 hp (317 kW) and provides a maximum torque of 550 Nm over a broadly usable range of revolution speeds.
New to the BMW M4 Coupé is the water injection system employed by BMW M Division to further optimise the performance and consumption of the charged six-cylinder, inline engine at full throttle, which consequently dramatically improves the effectiveness of the engine. The technology increases performance and torque, whilst at the same time ensuring outstanding consumption and emission figures.
“We are proud to be the first to debut the BMW M4 Coupé as the lead safety car for the MotoGP, as well as the BMW X5M that I had the pleasure to reveal at the Qatar Motor Show for its regional debut. These two models are nothing short of perfection in automotive performance. As with every models that comes out of BMW M they bring innovation, technology and design like no other.”
The MotoGP™ Championship is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing in the world. Starting in 1949, the sport has become hugely popular and is followed by millions globally. It is synonymous with exciting racing, high performance and the very latest technology. World Championship titles are awarded in three categories: the elite Moto GP class, Moto2 and Moto3. Starting this year in Qatar the championship has 18 races across four continents.