India’s first-ever BMW HP4 Race, the track-only version of the HP4 and one of just 750 motorcycles made for the world, has made its way into its owner’s rarified garage. The BMW HP4 Race, which is priced at Rs 85 lakhs and can only be ridden on race tracks, was delivered to Vikram Oberoi, the MD and CEO of EIH Ltd, which owns the Oberoi and Trident hotel chains. The HP4 joins the avid biker’s rarified garage, which also plays host to the first Ducati 1299 Superleggera sold in India, which costs Rs 1.12 crores.
The HP4 Race does not qualify for any racing series but instead shows off the technological know-how of BMW Motorrad. BMW has extracted more power from the 999cc liquid cooled DOHC inline-four cylinder engine that powers the street-legal HP4 by raising the rev limiter. The race-spec engine on the HP4 Race produces 215bhp @ 14,500rpm and 120Nm of torque at 10,000rpm. The engine is mated to a reinforced Worlds Superbike 6-speed gearbox with longer first and second gears. The exhaust system on the HP4 Race is a WSBK-spec unit from Akrapovic.
The BMW HP4 Race gets a race suspension setup straight off BMW’s WSBK racer with fully adjustable Öhlins FGR forks up front and an Ohlins TTX 36 GP monoshock at the rear. The HP4 Race also uses a swingarm straight from the WSBK race motorcycle. Braking duties are handled by dual floating 320mm (6.75mm thick) discs up front and a single 220mm (4mm thick) disc at the rear. The 17-inch carbon fibre wheels are each 770 grams lighter than the ones on the road bike and are clad in Pirelli Diabolo Superbike SC2 slick racing tyres.
The BMW HP4 Race doesn’t only save weight with its wheels, the fully carbon-fibre frame (a world-first for a bike) weighs in at just 7.8 kilos and the race-spec bike also makes extensive use of carbon fibre in its construction, which results in a motorcycle that has a wet weight of just 171 kilograms. The BMW HP4 race rivals the Ducati 1299 Superleggera in terms of power, weight and price, but unlike the Italian lightweight superbike, it will remain confined to the race track.
Image Source – Gurpreet Oberoi