BMW says no major modifications were necessary, but as is obvious from the photos, the i8 Roadster is not what you’d call stock.
For a start, the windscreen is shorter than the production model, while the rear wing creates a spectacle, even in the glamorous surroundings of Monte Carlo.
A centre of gravity 15 millimetres lower than the standard i8 Roadster, M carbon ceramic brakes, an FIA-approved roll bar and a front splitter complete the makeover, creating what BMW calls ‘the perfect basis for a safety car’.
The usual safety car kit includes a light bar above the rear wing, a communication and GPS antennas, a comms system in the cockpit, and a rear-view camera.
The overall effect is something that wouldn’t look out of place in a Hot Wheels blister pack, thanks in part to a livery that combines blue, purple, orange and green. You can decide whether or not the end result is a success. It certainly stands out, which is kind of the point of a safety car…
Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag said: “The BMW i8 Roadster safety car has a striking design – something which differentiates it from anything we’ve seen before, and what better setting for its presentation than at the Monaco E-Prix.
“BMW has been a partner since the inaugural season, and their continued support as a vehicle partner and now as a team shows their commitment to electric mobility.”
Jean-Eric Vergne won the Monaco E-Prix and now tops the Formula E drivers’ championship. The next race takes place in Berlin on 25 May.