Hydrogen fuel cell BMW X5 in action at Simola Hillclimb

BMW Group South Africa is poised for another thrilling showpiece at the 2024 Simola Hillclimb, which takes place in Knysna this weekend (May 2 – 5).

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The manufacturer will showcase its revolutionary BMW iX5 Hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, thereby making history as the first hydrogen-powered entrant to compete in this motorsport event.

The three-day event attracts global competitors, enthusiasts and professional racing drivers for its Classic Car Friday and King of the Hill events. This year, BMW Group South Africa will premiere the BMW iX5 Hydrogen vehicle in its portfolio of innovative entrants for the King of the Hill showdown.

While competitors and the spectacular array of vehicles primed to conquer the 1.9km hill are the main attraction, the Simola Hillclimb has seen a growing number of full-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles being entered in recent years, with the BMW i4 M50, BMW iX3, and BMW XM as past entrants. BMW Group South Africa will demonstrate its commitment to its technology open approach, as the BMW iX5 becomes the first hydrogen vehicle to participate in the Simola Hillclimb event.

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The 295 kW BMW iX5 Hydrogen vehicle, an innovative hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric vehicle (EV), delivers the driving dynamics for which the BMW brand is renowned. Its efficient fuel-cell system, two hydrogen tanks, electric motor and power battery all work with the central vehicle control unit to exhibit exceptional performance.

Additionally, BMW Group South Africa will also showcase its newly launched 442kW i5 M60 xDrive vehicle with racing legend Deon Joubert behind the wheel, who aims to set a new Simola Hillclimb EV record.

The BMW M4 Competition xDrive is another noteworthy entrant and will be driven by Cristiano Verolini of BMW’s Driving Experience. Motorcycles from BMW Motorrad – the M 1000 R, R 1300 GS, R 18 Roctane and the CE 04 – will participate in demonstration runs up the hill.

  • For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Simola Hillclimb website: simolahillclimb.com

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