Aside from claiming to make the Ultimate Driving Machine, BMW has also dipped into the bobsledding game, applying its EfficientDynamics technology to a new two-man bobsled for Team USA to take to the Sochi 2014 Olympics.
The USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation tapped BMW for the project, hoping to win a gold medal in the two-man bobsled event for the first time since 1936. "By bringing BMW in to provide its expertise, we see an opportunity to close an equipment gap between Team USA and countries that have historically led Olympic two-man bobsled competition,” said Darrin Steele, CEO of USBSF.
To maximize the performance of the bobsled, BMW optimized aerodynamics and chassis dynamics, and used lightweight materials to improve the two-man team’s performance. The bobsled has already been in development for a year, but the USBSF has already begun to work with a prototype, one of which coaches and athletes are testing on ice. With the feedback given to BMW engineers, they will continue to refine the bobsled over the next year.
This isn’t the first time BMW has contributed to the Olympic team. The automaker has built a velocity measurement system for long jumpers and a motion tracking system for swimmers, both of which are pictured below. In the Olympics this past summer, a remote-controlled Mini Mini E fetched track and field equipment.