Text: Jude P. Morte / Photos: Jude P. Morte | posted November 06, 2007 09:00
Sheer driving pleasure revelry
There are BMW XPos, and there are BMW XPos. But with the BMW Sauber Formula One (F1) team close to getting second place in the 2007 F1 Constructors' Championships, BMW Philippines saw fit to celebrate all things BMW - and all things BMW Motorsport - in a recently concluded XPo at The Fort Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Billed as Acceleration: A BMW Motorsport XPo, the 5-7 October 2007 blue-and-white roundel revelry displayed the BMW Sauber F1.06 race car, a bevy of race-inspired vehicles, a showcase of the BMW Sauber F1 Collection from Puma and BMW, and gave F1 fans a live screening of the recently concluded Shanghai Grand Prix (where BMW Sauber F1 driver Nick Heidfeld finished seventh amidst chaotic and wet conditions).
The biggest highlight of the XPo was the BMW Sauber F1.06 race car on display, which made its debut in Melbourne 2006. In order to make attendees show their best Heidfeld (and fellow BMW Sauber F1 driver Robert) Kubica driving impressions, BMW Philippines brought in an F1 virtual simulator where guests tested their skills on racetracks such as Monza (in Italy), Sepang (in Malaysia) and Silverstone (in the UK). The state-of-the-art system utilized on-board active feedback steering with genuine pedals for acceleration and braking, provides a genuine track experience without actually being there .
Another highlight of the XPo was the launch of the BMW 320i Motorsport Edition. This unique version of the current 3-Series comes clad in the BMW Motorsports white, blue and red, and offers a bevy of additional equipment - an M aerokit (including a carbon fiber M-aerokit front apron), M steering wheel, M footrest, chrome exhaust, 18" light alloy wheels, illuminated start-stop switch, and black-lined taillights - all for Php 2.99 million.
For the two-wheeled diehard, the BMW K 1200 S and F 800 S motorsport bikes were also on display. The former is perhaps the most powerful motorcycle ever produced by BMW, and evidence of its sheer grunt can be seen in its four-cylinder 16-valve engine, which impressively puts out 167 bhp and a 2.8 second 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time. On the other hand, the new BMW F 800 S is a midrange sporting bike with impressive power and torque due to its all-new 800-cc Parallel-Twin engine with four-valve technology.
Not to be left out was the BMW Diesel Force - premium vehicles that combine performance and fuel efficiency with dynamic comfort. Representing the BMW Diesel Force during the XPo, as part of the widest range of premium diesel cars in the industry, were the X5 3.0d, the 520d, the X3 2.0d, and the 320d.
Those who experienced BMW's sheer driving pleasure through a test drive during the XPo received complimentary BMW Sauber F1 items. Those who purchased a BMW during the XPo were automatically rewarded with an invitation to participate in a highly exclusive BMW Driver Training event to be held in the country later this year.
For three straight days, BMW showed Metro Manila a taste of motorsports done the blue-and-white roundel way.