BMW will supply more than 3000 vehicles to the London 2012 Olympic Games
27 April 2012

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.

Tim Watson

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

 

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27 April 2012

Do they all have the rather unfortunate 'Liza Simpson' logo on them so we know they are official cars instead of just another BMW?

Joking aside, i am very pleased its happening down south. I hope the games will pass without me even knowing its going on.

27 April 2012

[quote artill]Joking aside, i am very pleased its happening down south. I hope the games will pass without me even knowing its going on.[/quote]

Olympics? Games? What's that then?

Oh, just another "event" as a means of transferring money from the taxpayer to the otherwise unemployable.

Thank goodness it is 200 miles away.

27 April 2012

Whoever thought of saddling the BMW brand with an association with this nightmare of an over-priced corporate security fest is a genius.

27 April 2012

I hear (from a reliable source) that BMW currently have a problem with some of their vehicles security. I won't go in to details but suffice to say once the car is entered a key can be programmed quite easily inside the car and it is able to be driven off.

Apparently BMW currently have their heads in the sand over this one and refuse to admit there is an issue.

Anyway, can you imagine - A fleet of BMW's with potential theft issues in East London.........

As for the Olympics (and I am someone who is more or less on the door step of it), bloody awful event that is going to mess up the South of England for quite a while. As yet I have seen no benefit (and don't expect to) and have only seen something that is of detriment to the local population.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

27 April 2012

Surely MG should supply these cars, not the Germans. After all, it's our Olympics. BMW has already stolen MINI!

27 April 2012

[quote The Colonel]No need to be shy, Teg, it's not a big secret..[/quote]

lol.

It was more about how it is done - didn't want to be accused of planting the idea in anyones head.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

27 April 2012

[quote Fidji]Surely MG should supply these cars, not the Germans.[/quote]

Are you kidding...the Chinese had the last Olympics.

27 April 2012

[quote Fidji]

Surely MG should supply these cars, not the Germans. After all, it's our Olympics. BMW has already stolen MINI!

[/quote]

You'd think with the amount of the bloody things up and down bus lanes and outside lanes that we were either a province of Bavaria, or BMW stood for British Motor Works...

27 April 2012

That also means that 3000 BMWs & Minis will be dumped on the used car market after the games? Probably sold through closed dealer auctions? That will harm the resale value of all BMWs & Minis bought at this time as there will be so many of them? Like a giant 'blip' in sales figures.

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