On Thursday 5th of April 2018, the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi was not your usual Drag Night. Abu Dhabi Motors, dealer of BMW in Abu Dhabi, transformed the drag strip of Yas into a roaring, adrenaline rushing, and exciting motor-head arena.
As soon as you enter the arena, you start to smell, feel and see the BMW lifestyle and what does it stand for. BMW accessories, clothing, and a luxury display is all over the place. And what is the BMW Lifestyle without speed and adrenaline, everywhere you turn your head there’s a BMW vehicle waiting for you to admire.
Skipping forward, I got my bracelet, signed my release form, got my helmet and it was race time. We headed towards the drag strip and there was the gorgeous line up of BMW forming a rainbow of colors just waiting to be driven. Few moments before the drag race begins, the instructors were giving us last minute tips and tricks and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the steering wheel to drive those magnificent machines.
Race time is here, and I wanted to drive them all. Abu Dhabi Motors was selected the best of the best from all categories: ALPINA B4, ALPINA B5, BMW M2, BMW M3, BMW M4, BMW X3 M 40i, BMW X4 M 40i, BMW X5M, BMW X6M and BMW M5 50i.
I hopped into the first car and adrenaline was rushing through my veins as I head towards the starting line, Sport mode on and the rest is pure action. Drag racing one BMW after another, I couldn’t believe the acceleration and top speed we were reaching on the asphalt of the Drag race arena in Yas Marina Circuit.
The event was not about the competition rather than about having fun and feeling the power of these wild German machines. Despite that fact, I was one of the fastest on the track and was able to score the fastest time on the track of 12.01 seconds on a 400m strip.
Being able to test drive a BMW on a drag strip was a dream come true yet how about being able to run the drag strip on more than 10 BMWs each had its own character and its own sensation. The event ended as the night shed its wing however the feelings we had all of us will last a lifetime.