BMW i8 Roadster Now A Speedster For Formula E Safety Car Duties

BMW took the covers off their new safety car for the Formula E and as you can see in the gallery below it has been modified extensively and specifically for use on the race track.

It now looks like a Speedster thanks to the shortened windscreen and becomes the world’s first safety car that can be used with an open cockpit.

Compared to the standard production model, the i8 Roadster safety car sits 15mm lower to the ground, wears a FIA-approved roll bar, a new front splitter and of course the mandatory light bar, which is mounted above the rear wing for better visibility.

“In implementing the BMW i8 Roadster Safety Car, the BMW i engineers, designers and communications crew have dared to explore new horizons and create an absolutely unique car,”” said Dr. Robert Irlinger, Head of BMW i. “The development team behind the Safety Car is akin to a start-up. Our engineers got creative within their own ranks and assembled it on top of their regular jobs. In doing so, they have achieved something completely new.”

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