24th April 2017
BMW Motorrad has revealed the innovative HP4 RACE model, the first BMW motorcycle to feature a full carbon fiber frame, at the Auto Shanghai 2017 show in China.
Weighing just 7.8 kilograms, the frame will form the basis for the 750 individually-crafted HP4 RACE bikes being produced. Both wheels are also made using the same high-tech carbon fibre laying technology and are 30 per cent lighter than those made of conventional materials.
Engine, electronics, brake and suspension technology put the HP4 RACE on the same level as current factory superbike racing machines. Weighing just 171 kilograms when fully-fuelled and track ready, the HP4 RACE is lighter than the current World Superbikes and in the same league as most MotoGP factory prototypes.
Developed purely for the race track, the HP4 RACE comes with a World Superbike spec engine, producing 215 hp. Such a high-spec engine demands only the best suspension and the HP4 RACE comes equipped with Öhlins FGR 300 upside-down forks and TTX 36 GP rear suspension – the same as used in both World Superbike and MotoGP racing series. Brembo GP4 PR monoblock brake calipers also come straight from the world stage and ensure optimal braking performance.