BMW will supply more than 3000 vehicles to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including 1550 BMW 3-series Efficient Dynamics models, 40 fully electric Minis and 20 BMW 5-series Hybrids.
The German manufacturer, which is the official automotive partner to the games, has revealed vehicles that will be used during event, which runs from 27 July to 12 August. Most vehicles will be given a variety of tasks but certain models have specific roles. The 17 BMW X3s, for example, are towing boats at sailing and rowing events as well as acting as support cars for the Olympic Torch Relay.
Athletes can expect to be ferried around in one of 160 zero-emission 1-Series Active-E vehicles. Other shuttling duties fall on the 720 5-Series models, 20 of which are hybrids. 10 BMW X5s are towing Horse Ambulances at equine events.
One of the 1550 320d Efficient Dynamics will be the official command car for the Torch Relay. Technical Delegates, responsible for approving the grounds that the games are played on, will also use this vehicle.
40 electric Minis will offer transportation between venues and 200 Mini Countrymans offering pre-booked client transport services. BMW is supplying 25 motorcycles to support for the road-based Olympic events, such as cycling, and 400 bicycles are being supplied for coaches to use at water-based events.
LOCOG, which is organising the London games, set a target of an average of 120 g/km of CO2 emissions for the Olympic fleet. BMW has achieved 116g/km.
BMW’s Olympic fleet in numbers
BMW 1 Series ActiveE – 160Mini E – 40MINI Countryman Cooper D – 200BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics – 1550BMW 520d Efficient Dynamics – 700BMW 5 Series Active Hybrid – 20BMW X3 xDrive 20d – 17BMW X5 xDrive 30d – 10BMW R1200 RT motorbikes – 25BMW Streetcruiser Bicycles – 400