The Smiths Racing BMW is originally derived from the hugely popular BMW S1000RR. The road bike is stripped down to the chassis then the engine is tuned to a high specification controlled with a Motec ECU. The chassis is supported with a completely advanced suspension system along with factory race components.

Superbike racing motorcycles are derived from standard production models and differ only slightly from the sports bikes you see on the roads. This makes BSB very appealing to manufacturers, and has led to the well-coined phrase “win on Sunday, sell on Monday”. Superbikes are both quick and powerful 1000cc with as much as 200bhp. For a bike to be eligible, the manufacturer must first homologate the model and manufacture the required number of road going machines. In general the bikes must maintain the same profile as their road going counterparts, with the same overall appearance as seen from the front, rear and sides. In addition, the frame cannot be modified.

In 2012 significant changes were made to the technical regulations in an effort to bring down costs whilst at the same time improving the spectacle of competition and increasing the opportunity for private teams to compete competitively.