Olympic Diesels: BMW to Provide Diesel Vehicles For 2012 London Games

By Michael Acampora on 27 April 2012
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The London 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games will rely heavily on diesel-powered automobiles from BMW for a variety of tasks before, during, and after the games. BMW is the official automobile partner of the London Olympics.

The BMW X5 xDrive30d will tow horse ambulances at equestrian events, and provide on-course support. The MINI Countryman Cooper D will work as a service vehicle at locations such as London Heathrow and the IOC Hotels, and may also transport medical equipment.  The BMW X3 xDrive20d will be used to tow boats that are used in events.

The BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics Edition will be pressed into service as the main command car for the torch relay, as well as the official vehicle for cycling events, and as a shuttle for the games’ technical delegates. The BMW 520d Efficient Dynamics Edition will also be used as a shuttle.

Other BMW vehicles involved in the games will include the BMW 1 Series ActiveE (for transporting athletes and journalists), MINI E, the BMW 5 Series Active Hybrid, and BMW Streetcruiser Bicycles.. BMW’s R1200 RT motorcycle will be a support vehicle (carrying camera crews, for example) for road-based events, such as cycling.

BMW has a history of using alternative-fuel vehicles at the Olympics.  In 1972, for the Olympic Games in Munich, BMW converted a 1602 sports sedan (pictured)  into an electric vehicle that was to travel the length of the marathon, 26.2 miles (42.2 km).