BMW expands HP Race accessories range with track-focused options

Publish Date: 
Jul 20, 2014
By Bruce Steever

The S1000RR was a huge departure from the status quo for BMW, but thanks to its class-leading performance, it quickly established a beachhead with buyers. As part of BMW’s new focus on motorsports participation, and to further support its customers’ need for speed, the German OEM has been busy crafting a range of HP Race accessories to upgrade its S1000RR, HP4, and S1000R models.

When the S1000RR was first launched, BMW offered an initial range of accessories, extending from HP Carbon components to soft luggage to Akrapovic exhaust systems (all of which were homologated for use on public roads). But BMW Motorrad plans on extending the range of accessories for the S1000-series with new High Performance Race Parts for closed circuit and racetrack use only. In so doing, BMW Motorrad intends to support the trend it calls “Racing4Fun,” which is seeing more and more motorcyclists riding laps in closed-circuit training events — or even taking up amateur or professional racing. 

Among these new HP Race components are technologies that were out of reach for non-factory riders just a few years ago, like fully functional multi-channel telemetry. Other items are more mundane, such as exhaust systems, but being BMW-engineered parts, each is built to a very high level, and all are easily installed on the machines they were developed in tandem for.

One unique option available for the S1000-series is the new HP Race Data Logger. Consisting of a small GPS unit that interfaces with the bike’s existing wiring harness, the data logger brings an abundance of knowledge to riders, recording speed, engine rpm, throttle angle, brake status front/rear, gear position, longitudinal acceleration, lean angle, engine temperature, GPS position and GPS speed.

With all of this data, and a bit of practice with the software, riders can quickly download (via a USB port) and analyze data to see the raw numbers from their last ride. Using the same advanced 2D software as BMW’s World SBK team, the data channels are plotted directly against the GPS-recorded map of the ride, including lap times, which allows a rider to see exactly what the bike is doing at every section of the track. This, in turn, gives riders insights like where they are fast and where they might be losing time, braking markers, throttle usage, and where the traction control system is activating and by how much, all to better make use of the DTC system and the machine as a whole.

After riding with the system in Fontana, Calif., at the Auto Club Speedway, I can conclusively say that the system is brilliant, as it allowed me to quickly and easily see where my ham-handed inputs were triggering the bike’s DTC too aggressively, and where I was wasting time with more conservative brake and throttle applications compared to faster laps. By seeing this feedback directly in comparison to the ride, it was easy to focus on the weak points to optimize the next session on track, resulting in consistent, measurable improvements in lap times. Thanks go out to BMW Motorcycles of Riverside for risking their S1000RR underneath me, and to BMW Motorrad for setting up the bike with the Data Logger and providing the know-how to analyze the resulting data. The HP Data Logger and 2D software has an MSRP of $977.

To take their S1000 machine to the next level, BMW offers owners an equally advanced HP Race Calibration Kit to tune nearly every parameter of the motorcycle’s extensive electronics system. In addition to altering fuel injection and timing like conventional aftermarket EFI tuners, the kit can customize a huge range of variables, including ABS, DTC and DDC suspension behavior (per each riding mode), engine braking, quick shifter response, and race-specific features such as Launch Control and pit lane speed limits.

Already used by BMW racing teams at various levels of competition, the sheer amount of adjustability does require an advanced level of tuning knowledge, but in conjunction with the Data Logger, there’s little aboard the motorcycle that can’t be adjusted to suit both rider and circuit. To make any of those tweaks, the rider can connect the motorcycle to a laptop via the kit’s USB connection. The Calibration Kit itself is priced at $150.95 for late-model machines, but use of the software requires an enabling license per motorcycle that quickly adds up at $1,300 each. Still, for factory-level software and tuning capability, many racers would quickly find it to be a high value asking price.

Of course, BMW’s HP Race accessory line includes more conventional hard parts as well. Working hand-in-hand with Akrapovic, BMW developed its HP Race Power Kit to uncork the already potent 999cc inline four in the S1000RR. The kit features a full titanium 4-into-2-into-1 exhaust system with a carbon fiber end cap and a reconfigured engine management control unit. For circuits with more stringent noise control regulations, the exhaust includes a dB Eater insert that caps volume at 98 decibels. The new EMS is enabled at the dealer level to optimize the four electronic riding modes, with specific DTC settings for each, and in conjunction with the free-flowing exhaust, engine output is boosted with a focus on midrange and high-rpm torque. The complete kit retails at $2,700 for the S1000RR.

Other HP Race accessories options include reshaped, high-traction seats, reverse-pattern gearshift levers, track-focus high-performance brake pads and block-off plates to facilitate removing street-mandated lighting and mirrors. The complete range of HP Race parts are available at authorized BMW dealers.