Now that the Summer Olympics is over, BMW is turning its attention to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The German automaker is the Official Mobility Partner of the United States Olympic Committee and has signed onboard to help develop a new two-man bobsled.
In collaboration with USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation (USBSF), BMW is looking to leverage its engineering and design expertise to help develop an answer to the longstanding equipment and innovation needs of the U.S. Bobsled Team.
The automaker started by examining the design and performance history of existing two-man bobsleds in hopes to completely re-engineer what will be used at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Similar to its vehicle development, the automaker is turning to BMW EfficientDynamics for its design on the two-man bobsled and has paired intelligent lightweight materials with optimized aerodynamics and chassis dynamics to increase the bobsled’s overall performance.
The two-man bobsled has been in development for more than one year and a prototype has already been delivered to USBSF. The team will continue developing and refining the bobsled for competition over the next year and change.
“We’re extremely proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish as a team in the last 10 years, and know that we have the athletic potential to bring home more Olympic gold medals next year,” said Darrin Steele, chief executive officer of USBSF. “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.”