The BMW Group will be presenting their range of emergency and special safety vehicles at the RETTmobil trade fair in Fulda, Germany on May 11-13, 2016. Four automobiles including the new BMW X1, X3, electric i3 and 2 Series Gran Tourer will be shown as emergency physicians and fire service command vehicles. BMW will also have the latest BMW R1200RT set up for emergency physicians at the trade fair.
The BMW R1200RT shown is fitted with customized special equipment specifically designed for an emergency physician’s motorcycle. The appearance of the motorcycle is marked by the emergency physician foiling in fluorescent red, contrasting with the base paint in Glacier silver. Blue LED flashing beacons at the front and a blue LED rotating signal beacon on a telescopic pole in conjunction with the electronic audible signalling system indicate to other road users the particular urgency of the journey when riding to an incident. A public address system allows the emergency physician to give audible instructions to bystanders or other emergency personnel. The technical preparations for the installation of a digital radio are at the rear of the motorcycle. The R1200RT is equipped with two side-mounted panniers labeled “Emergency Physician” with a total volume of 56 liters (2 cubic feet) for the secure transportation and storage of the emergency physician’s medical equipment. Protection rails around the panniers and below the front of the fairing protect the motorcycle from damage. An auxiliary battery guarantees long periods of operation, even if all of the electrical and electronic equipment used to secure the scene of an accident is activated while stationary or if an external load is connected to the electrical outlet of the motorcycle.
In order to quickly reach the scene of an incident, the 604 lb (274 kg, DIN curb weight) R1200RT is fitted with the same powerful air/water-cooled two-cylinder boxer engine with 1,170cc capacity as the consumer model which delivers 125 hp (92 kW) at 7,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 92.2 ft-lbs (125 Nm) at 6,500 rpm. Simultaneously it’s sure to impress with economical average fuel consumption (according to ISO 7118) of 60 mpg (3.9 l/100 km) at 56 mph (90 km/h) and 44 mpg (5.3 l/100 km) at 75 mph (120 km/h). On the road, the RT delivers dynamic riding performance, accelerating from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.8 seconds and achieving a top speed of over 124 mph (200 km/h).
The motorcycle’s driving characteristics will help get a physician to an emergency scene as soon as possible. This can be a problem for other vehicle types especially in metropolitan areas in particular due to high traffic volumes and densely built neighborhoods. The amount of time gone by between an accident occurring and first aid being administered often decides the success of rescuing or reviving an injured person.
For almost 60 years, BMW has been developing state of the art emergency vehicles in collaboration with both national and international authorities. The history of BMW as a manufacturer of emergency vehicles dates back to the 1950s. At that time, the Munich police authorities put new BMW 501 and BMW 502 patrol cars into service.