Article By Ministry of Bikes
Posted on 19 Apr 2017
BMW confirm carbon-fibre HP4 Race bike
BMW have just revealed the new HP4 race bike, the firms first motorcycle which features a full lightweight carbon-fibre frame and wheels. The stunning, innovative machine was unveiled at the 2017 Auto Shanghai Show in China where thousands in attendance were lucky enough to cast their eyes on the new model for the first time.
BMW utilised new industry leading technical solutions in order to create a frame which would be made entirely from carbon-fibre, as well as being incredibly lightweight at just 7.8 kg. Moreover, according to BMW Motorrad, the carbon-fibre wheels are said to be around 30% lighter than those made from conventional materials.
The HP4 Race uses the same electronics, braking, engine and suspension technology that is utilised on current superbike machines, which means the power likely to be produced will be extraordinary, while still remaining much lighter in weight.
As you would expect, the HP4 is not made for the road and is intended to be utilised purely on race tracks producing an output of 215 hp at 13,900 rpm and a maximum torque of 120 Nm at 10,000 rpm.
Other interesting features you can expect from the HP4 are the same Öhlins FGR 300 upside-down forks and TTX 36 GP rear suspension as those used on WSBK and MotoGP models, in addition to the Brembo GP4 PR monoblock brake calipers.
Moreover, you can expect launch and wheelie control, a pit lane limiter, engine brake EPR (15 levels available for selected gears), 2D dashboard and data recording system, close-ratio racing gearbox, and many more features delivering excellent benefits.
Only 750 units will be available to purchase on a first come first served basis and will be available from September 2017. Interested buyers can expect to pay £68,000 for one of the carbon-fibre HP4 race bikes.