M’s moment of madness
We go for a ride in an X5 fitted with a 700bhp, Le Mans-winning V12 race engine
Posted: 15 Nov 2012
You may be wondering who the rather sinister-looking man above is. That's Martin Tomczyk, one of BMW's current DTM drivers. And if there's a man to show me what this car can do, its him. He's a little bit less intimidating in real life. But not very much.
The car itself feels reassuringly recognizable. In fact, I was surprised at the similarities to the standard road-going, daily-grind X5. The dimensions are the same, the dash is pretty much identical and, like all good family cars, it has flexible seating. It's not like your Zafira, though. The X5 Le Mans can be fitted with four bucket seats (two in the front, two in the back) but for our trip, the seats in the back had been ripped out, Martin was in a carbon-Kevlar bucket and, slightly worryingly, I was in a standard cloth road car seat. It's also got a rather large roll-cage that I don't remember from the standard car...