U.S. Men’s Bobsled Team will race a BMW bobsled for the first time

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 24, 2013

For the first time ever, the U.S. Men’s Bobsled Team will race the BMW two-man bobsled at the FIBT World Cup in Igls, Austria on Jan. 19. The announcement was made by BMW of North America, the Official Mobility Partner of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC). The two-man sled was created with the help of the USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation (USBSF).

BMW made use of its world-class design and engineering expertise to redesign the two-man sled with the goal of helping Team USA attain its first Olympic gold medal in the event since 1936. U.S. men’s bobsled head coach Brian Shimer said that the results of its testing thus far have been “promising” but he claims that the true test of a bobsled’s speed is resolved in competition.

He also said that the team is so excited that it reset its debut earlier to Igls. He said that they have to make tests in racing conditions to determine what improvements to apply for the next season. BMW has used processes comparable to its vehicle development, namely the application of BMW EfficientDynamics. To design the new sled, BMW used intelligent lightweight materials like carbon fiber with optimized aerodynamics.

As a result, BMW was able to reconfigure the sled’s weight distribution to attain an optimized balance of the regulations’ mandated sled weight. The vehicle then has a significantly lighter body shell with a low and centralized center of gravity. BMW is leveraging its expertise in using a design with carbon fiber from BMW i, the brand’s sustainable division, which comes up with strong, lightweight carbon fiber electric models.

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