Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

BMW HP4 Race Breaks Cover

BMW HP4 Race Breaks Cover

During EICMA (Milan Motorcycle Show) this past November, BMW unveiled the HP4 RACE.

With a limited worldwide production run of only 750 units, each HP4 Race is hand-built by a special team in Berlin, Germany.

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. You might call it a little peaky, as with all sports bike engines, with peak torque of 89lb ft coming at 10,000rpm.

In order to achieve these numbers, BMW's engineers made modifications to the standard 999 cc, in-line four from the S 1000 RR that include connecting rods made of high-strength forged steel and a lighter crankshaft.

Coupled to the engine is a 6-speed close-ratio racing gearbox with optimised transmission ratios and various secondary ratios (diverse pinions and chain sprockets included).

BMW says the systems, including the Engine Brake EBR, can be adjusted 15 ways to suit a specific rider's needs to get the most out of the bike, and that there is also Launch Control "for ideal race starts".

Ohlins supplies top-drawer suspension identical to the spec used in both World Superbikes and MotoGP, while the swingarm and Brembo brakes with titanium pistons are also motorsport spec.

The theme of lightness continues throughout the HP4 Race, with carbon-fibre bodywork and panels, along with a brushed aluminium fuel tank that holds 17.5-litres of the good stuff. Braking is taken care by Brembo GP4 PR monoblock brake calipers, again used in the world cup race bikes.

The BMW HP4 Race goes through some strict procedures before being deemed worthy of the badge.

The BMW HP4 is the world's first series production bike with a carbon fibre main frame and will be limited to 750 units.

Since the HP4 Race is developed specifically for the track, it also comes with top notch suspension setup.

The electronic control and assistance systems of the HP4 Race are also focused for race use. The carbon fibre tail can be adjusted to three levels.

Weight-optimised electrical system featuring light lithium-ion battery with 5 Ah. Other features on offer - Dynamic Traction Control controlled by ignition cut, Engine Brake EBR and Wheelie Control can be programmed as per rider preference to maximise racing dynamics for different track layouts and road surface variations.

BMW hasn't officially released price information for this incredible machine, but word is it goes for £68,000 in the UK.

2D dashboard and 2D data recording including logger.

Wheelie Control (programmable for selected gears).

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