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BMW Developing Bobsled for USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation - Web Exclusive

Greg Emmerson
Nov 14, 2012
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While the summer Olympic games are only recently over, teams are now looking ahead to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Once again, BMW is working with the United States Olympic Committee America and has announced the development of a new two-man bobsled for Team USA.

In collaboration with USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation (USBSF), BMW will put its engineering and design expertise into the needs of the Bobsled Team.

Working with USBSF, BMW examined the design and performance of existing two-man sleds, one of which has been in use for more than 20 years. The aim is to re-engineer the bobsled by pairing lightweight materials with optimized aerodynamics and chassis dynamics.

While Team USA achieved success at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, winning a gold medal in the four-man bobsled event, the two-man Olympic gold has eluded the US since 1936. "We?re extremely proud of what we've been able to accomplish in the last 10 years, and know we have the potential to bring home more Olympic gold medals next year," said Darrin Steele, from USBSF. "By bringing in BMW 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."

After more than a year of development, a BMW prototype has already been delivered to USBSF. The technology will be refined in the next year during the development process with USBSF athletes, coaches and engineers as well as BMW Group DesignworksUSA.

This announcement follows the completion of BMW'sprevious technology transfer projects as part of its partnership with the USOC: a velocity measurement system for long jumpers and a motion tracking system for swimmers. All are part of BMW's larger commitment to advancing the training and performance goals of the athletes of Team USA as part of a sponsorship that extends through the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

To learn more about BMW?s partnership with the USOC and its national governing bodies, USA Bobsled & Skeleton, US Speedskating, USA Swimming and USA Track & Field, visit www.bmwusanews.com

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