You may remember last year BMW announced they are designing a new high-tech bobsled for USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation (USBSF). Now the first prototype is ready, and it’s looking quite fancy. Well, fancy as far as bobsleds go.
Featuring a unique carbon fiber construction from the firm’s ‘i’ division, BMW bobsled is designed, like their cars, for optimum handling. Compared to the bobsleds, the BMW model is lighter, it has a lower center of gravity, and better aerodynamic characteristics. So it should be faster and handle the track better.
They are still testing and developing the prototype, but it’ll be ready in time for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
“After more than a year-long development process, we’re thrilled for the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation to finally race this bobsled,” said Michael Scully, Creative Director, BMW Group DesignworksUSA, BMW Group’s international design and creative consultancy. “BMW EfficientDynamics techniques are at the heart of the sled’s design, making it sleeker, lighter and we hope faster: essentially a BMW on ice. We’re anxious to see how it performs against Team USA’s competitors.”