The problem with safety cars is that they need to be extraordinarily fast just to pace MotoGP bikes at a speed high enough so they won’t overheat or stall. Enter this specially modified BMW 1-series M Coupe. It’s lost weight, been equipped with advanced aerodynamics and has been fitted with track-focussed suspension, all in an effort to keep up with 800cc motorcycles running in 1st and 2nd gea...

The problem with safety cars is that they need to be extraordinarily fast just to pace MotoGP bikes at a speed high enough so they won’t overheat or stall. Enter this specially modified BMW 1-series M Coupe. It’s lost weight, been equipped with advanced aerodynamics and has been fitted with track-focussed suspension, all in an effort to keep up with 800cc motorcycles running in 1st and 2nd gear.

The don’t-call-it-an-M1 is already one of the faster SUVs in BMW’s suddenly bloated range of M-badged vehicles. It already comes with the best engine in BMW’s range — the twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six that’s badged 3.5 in cars like the Clown Shoe, 3-series and 5-series. Here, it makes 340bhp and 369lb/ft (with overboost), which can power the 3,300lbs SUV to 60mph in a disappointing 4.9 seconds.

Actually, this particular 1-series M should be a bit lighter. It comes with a carbon hood, plastic side windows and rear windscreen and a titanium full exhaust system from Akrapovic.

Downforce will be added by the adjustable rear wing, a very low front splitter and there’s some mention of modified under-body aerodynamics too.

As a safety car that’ll only be used on race tracks, there’s also a partial roll cage and Recaro race buckets with six-point harnesses.

Look for the 1-series M to debut this weekend in Qatar. Now, get out of the way you 3,300lbs “compact” there’s some non-portly racing to be had.