At stand No. 208 in Hall 2 and on outdoor area 59 of the specialist trade fair RETTmobil 2018 in Fulda (16 to 18 May 2018), the BMW Group will again present a wide selection of its tailor-made special-purpose vehicles for rescue teams, fire services, emergency physicians and police forces.
The RETTmobil, which is being held this year for the 18th time, is again recognized undoubtedly as the leading European exhibition for emergency services and mobility and as a worldwide significant forum for innovation, security, quality, competence and advanced training. With 530 exhibitors from 20 nations, the trade fair will be setting new benchmarks this year. During the three days of the exhibition, more than 28,000 visitors – including numerous representatives of authorities, communities and associations – are expected to flock to the 20 exhibition halls totalling a floor area of around 70,000 square metres and also to the vast outdoor area.
For many years now, the BMW Group has been one of the major exhibitors at the RETTmobil, and this year, with six different models on two and four wheels, will again provide a detailed insight into its diverse range of specialised vehicles. The selection of exhibits will be headed by the new BMW X3, which is being presented in Fulda for the first time as a fire service command vehicle and as an emergency ambulance.
Likewise, the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer, which has been converted into an emergency ambulance, can be seen at the BMW Group stand as well as a BMW X1 as an additional fire service command vehicle. Moreover, BMW Motorrad will be exhibiting a BMW 750 GS converted into a police motorcycle. BMW Group’s fleet at the RETTmobil will be completed by a MINI John Cooper Works show car in a police version.
The BMW Group has been active in the demanding segment of specialised vehicles since as early as the 1950s and is thus able to look back on a tradition lasting for more than 60 years now. This is reflected not least in the extensive and diverse range of in-house developed and produced special-purpose vehicles. They are all characterised by innovative and tailor-made solutions and fulfil the highest demands in the areas of performance, functionality, safety and reliability. Specialised vehicles from the BMW Group also convince in terms of efficiency, eco-friendliness and economy – particularly as they are based on series production models from the leading manufacturer of premium automobiles and motorcycles that, by tradition, play an exemplary role in this sector.
Agile and fast: the BMW F 750 GS
A few weeks ago, the completely newly developed generation of GS models of the F series from BMW Motorrad made its debut. The two available variants F 750 GS and F 850 GS seamlessly continue the tradition of their predecessor versions and combine distinctive touring and long-distance suitability with sporting dynamics and supreme off-road capabilities. Therefore, they are ideal for use as special-purpose vehicles. The BMW F 750 GS being shown at the RETTmobil 2018 impressively demonstrates the qualities it possesses to make it suitable for deployment as a public authority motorcycle.
In addition to the emergency service foiling, the motorcycle’s optical equipment features include several LED flashing beacons and an LED rotating beacon, each switchable between the colours blue and yellow. The entire light system and the siren are effectively controlled via the compactly designed control panel, which is ergonomically ideally positioned directly next to the grips. The rider sits behind high-mounted handlebars on a single seat available in different heights and with a radio box in which all end devices can be safely stowed away to be immediately at hand when required. Further equipment required at the operation site – the handy fire extinguisher, for example – can be kept in the two side-mounted cases offering a generous amount of storage space. Further features include heated grips, hand protectors and a protective bar.
Thanks to the riding modes “Rain” and “Road”, it is possible to adapt the motorcycle to various different road conditions. In addition to ABS as standard, the incline-optimised ABS Pro feature, dynamic brake light and the two additional riding programmes “Dynamic” and “Enduro” are onboard the exhibited F 750 GS as an integral part of the Pro riding modes. The bike is powered by a 2-cylinder, 4-stroke in-line engine with 853 cubic centimetre displacement, an output of 57 kW/77 hp and a maximum torque of 83 Nm. Average fuel consumption as per WMTC is 4.1 l/100 km and top speed is 190 km/h.