Two wheels and four wheels, German brand BMW has spent almost nine decades perfecting their motorized vehicles. Whether manufactured for the road or for competition, every product BMW brings to life is a creation that attempts to isolate a crucial balance. Evident in every 3 Series, M model or motorcycle constructed by BMW, engineering has collected performance with a refined premium driving experience. At the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, BMW practical design will go beyond wheels and engines to developing a two-seat competition vehicle.
Pledging aid to the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, the engineering know-how of BMW will go to work on refining the team’s two-person bobsled. A design effort handled by California-based BMW Group DesignworksUSA, reengineering the United States’ two-man bobsled is related to the efforts for creating engine-driven vehicles. Reliable chassis dynamics, aerodynamic shaping and lightweight material are currently at the heart of BMW EfficientDynamics becoming the cornerstone to future cars.
Collecting several motorsports crowns and achievements including the 1999 24-Hour of Le Mans overall victory, the German corporation is familiar with the seriousness devoted to building winning equipment. Behind the scenes development of the new Team USA two-man vehicle will mean a lot to assure the athletes handling the bobsled will have the best chance for greatness. The efforts of BMW Group DesignworksUSA have already spent a year on the new two-man bobsled vehicle resulting in a prototype. 2013 will be devoted into fine-tuning the BMW-optimized bobsled in preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The Olympic involvement of BMW has become more sweeping of late. At the 2012 London Games, spectators only needed to look for a BMW vehicle motoring through the city to potential find an athlete going to or from an event. BMW already exists as the official mobility partner of the United States Olympic Committee.
After the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, the Team USA bobsledding program was buoyed by global victory in the four-man competition. In the creation of their current four-man bobsleigh, NASCAR Cup Series winning driver Geoffrey Bodine actually had a big hand in building the vehicle. Realizing in the 1990s that the United States Bobsled team was running second-hand European equipment, Bodine and race car chassis builder Bob Cuneo driven by national pride set out to manufacture “Made in America” four-man bobsled built exclusively for the United States team. The gold medal performance for the Team USA athletes in a sled called “Night Train” was the country’s first gold in the four-man Olympic event since 1948.
Searching for the competitive edge ahead of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, victory is the goal for the United States in their new BMW-designed bobsled. If the team captures gold, this will be the first overall triumph in the two-man bobsled since the 1936 games.
Information and photo source: BMW of North America