The new BMW HP4 RACE
The new BMW HP4 RACE BIKE
Mechanical solutions for supreme performance on the racetrack have always been the hallmark of handpicked factory racing motorcycles, modified to perfection down to the last detail. With the new HP4 RACE, BMW Motorrad presents a purebred racing bike in a production run of 750. A small, highly specialised team individually crafts it, ensuring the highest build quality,
Weighing 171 kg when fully fuelled, the new HP4 RACE is even lighter than the factory racing bikes currently used in the Superbike World Championship and is only slightly above the MotoGP factory racers in terms of weight.
With the HP4 RACE, BMW Motorrad is the first motorcycle manufacturer in the world to present a mainframe made entirely of carbon fibre and weighing just 7.8 kg. The wheels are made of the same material, giving a 30% weight reduction when compared to forged wheels.
The Swedish manufacturer Öhlins supplies both the FGR 300 upside-down fork and the TTX 36 GP spring strut, with identical parts being used both in the Superbike World Championship and in MotoGP. The light alloy under slung swing arm, made of milled and sheet metal parts is also a component used in the Superbike World Cup.
Featuring two Brembo GP4 PR monoblock brake callipers, the brake system of new HP4 RACE also has parts only found in World Cup machines. Coated titanium pistons and single-piece aluminium callipers that are chemically nickel-plated, make for what is currently the best combination of materials available ensuring stunning brake performance.
The new HP4 RACE has a purebred racing engine similar to specifications 6.2 and 7.2 as in the Endurance and Superbike World Championships. With the aim of achieving the best possible performance, a 6-speed close ratio-racing gearbox is used with optimised transmission ratios and various secondary ratios (diverse pinions and chain sprockets included).
The bike comes with an extensive package of electronic control and assistance systems as well as a weight-optimised on-board electrical system, which has been optimised to meet racing needs. A wealth of information is available on the 2D dashboard with transferable data memory (2D logger).
Wide-ranging set-up options for different track layouts and road surface conditions are provided by the audibly perceptible Dynamic Traction Control controlled by ignition cut, Engine Brake EBR and Wheelie Control. These can be programmed selectively for each gear according to rider preference. Other electronic features are the Pit Lane Limiter for observing speed limits in the pit lane and Launch Control for perfect race starts.
The carbon fibre trim, the intake silencer cover and the seat hump in the new HP4 RACE feature the BMW HP Motorsport colours. A hand-brushed aluminium fuel tank sealed with a clear finish underscores the bike’s high-quality racing look.