BMW Unveils Carbon Fiber-Framed HP4 Race Advanced Prototype

The photos show the HP4 RACE to be equipped with the latest Öhlins GP-spec FGR fork and TTX shock components, as well as Brembo’s M50 monoblock calipers and T-Drive rotors. The carbon main frame (the swingarm is still aluminum), self-supporting tail section, and wheels, as well as the bodywork, were likely made in-house by BMW at one of its three manufacturing plants in Landshut, Leipzig, and Dingolfing that also produce the parts for the company’s i-series and 7-series automobiles that employ extensive use of the ultra-lightweight but super-strong material. BMW was one of the first auto manufacturers to make significant investment into its own carbon fiber manufacturing capabilities, instead of out-sourcing the component manufacturing like most others do.

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The 2017 HP4 RACE is the latest version of the HP4 that debuted in 2013 with one of the first semi-active suspension systems on the market.

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Unlike the original HP4 that came with its then-ground-breaking DDC (Dynamic Damping Control) semi-active suspension, the HP4 RACE will come with the latest top shelf Öhlins suspension and Brembo braking components.

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Unlike the Ducati Superleggera, the HP4 RACE’s carbon construction doesn’t extend to the swingarm, which is aluminum like the standard HP4. Apparently BMW couldn’t get the rigidity characteristics it wanted with the carbon setup.

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The self-supporting tail section and seat of the HP4 RACE is also constructed entirely from carbon fiber.

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BMW already has a lot of experience with carbon fiber manufacturing for stress-loaded components with its 7-series and i-series hybrid automobiles, with several facilities in Germany making the parts in-house. The main frame for the HP4 RACE looks beautiful.

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The carbon front wheel of the HP4 RACE shows the different fabric layering and content in its construction.

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The rear carbon fiber wheel of the HP4 RACE looks plenty wide, possibly a 6.00-inch unit meant for a 200-series tire?

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