BMW London 2012 Olympic Fleet Unveiled

In BMW by Jonathan Humphrey

BMW the Official Automotive Partner to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the world’s most sustainable automotive manufacturer is delivering the London 2012 Olympic fleet of vehicles.


The Olympic fleet of over 3122 vehicles of all types, is to play an essential role in delivering a successful Games, deployment plans for the low-emission, diesel, hybrid and electric cars, motorcycles and bicycles were unveiled for the first time.


The cars will meet all the needs for vehicles at the games, hauling boats out of the water at Weymouth, offering a mobile camera platform for the marathon, moving a horse ambulance across Greenwich Park or transporting medal winners around the Olympic Park. The duties required of these vehicles during the games from the BMW and MINI fleet will be considerable.

Alongside this the BMW Group is supporting a significant number of Team GB and ParalympicsGB members and hopefuls. More than 140 individuals around the country are receiving backing in the form of vehicles, support and encouragement.

BMW’s technical facilities were also used recently to test the Olympic Torch ahead of its 70 day Olympic Relay around the UK.

The Vehicles being provided by the BMW Group for the 2012 Olympic Fleet includes –

[one_half]BMW 1 Series ActiveE (EV)

  • Number in fleet: 160
  • 170hp / Zero tailpipe emissions
  • Usage includes: Games time talent shuttle transporting athletes within the Olympic Park and also available for use by broadcasters. Venue pool cars for operational usage and supporting the Olympic Torch Relay.
  • Showcase for new charging infrastructure in London; 120 new ‘high speed’ charge points installed in five key locations in London with the first being installed at ExCeL London.

MINI E (Electric Vehicle)

  • Number in fleet: 40
  • 204hp / Zero tailpipe emissions
  • Usage includes: Venue pool cars for operational usage and supporting the Olympic Torch Relay.

MINI Countryman Cooper D

  • Number in fleet: 200
  • 112hp / 115g/km CO2 / 64.2mpg
  • Usage includes: ‘On demand’ service (a walk up taxi rank) at key locations such as London Heathrow and IOC Hotels as well as providing request for transport services where clients contact a call centre and book the service in advance.

BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics

  • Number in fleet: 1,550
  • 163hp / 109g/km CO2 / 68.9mpg
  • Usage includes: Main command car for Olympic Torch Relay, official vehicles for cycling events (race doctor, commissionaires, lead car, neutral service, route management). Will also be used by the 67 Technical Delegates who are responsible for approve the Field of Play and competition set up in accordance with the IF rules.
[/one_half][one_half_last]BMW 520d Efficient Dynamics

  • Number in fleet: 700
  • 119g/km CO2 / 62.8mpg
  • Usage includes: Vehicle transfer and shuttle role.

BMW 5 Series Active Hybrid

  • Number in fleet: 20
  • 149g/km CO2 / 44.1mpg
  • Usage includes: Vehicle transfer and shuttle role.

BMW X3 xDrive 20d

  • Number in fleet: 17
  • 147g/km CO2 / 50.4mpg
  • Usage includes: Specialist role of towing boats at sailing and rowing venues as well as playing a supporting role in the Olympic Torch Relay.

BMW X5 xDrive 30d

  • Number in fleet: 10
  • 195g/km CO2 / 38.2mpg
  • Usage includes: Specialist role of towing horse ambulances at equestrian events as well as providing on-course support.

R1200 RT Motorcycle

  • Number in fleet: 25 (Total number of motorcycles including F650GS, R1200GS, R1200RT)
  • Usage includes: Key support roles in road based events including cycling.

BMW Streetcruiser Bicycles

  • Number in fleet: 400
  • Usage includes: Operational support for water-based sports including rowing – for use by team coaches and officials following races.
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