BMW developing Racing Wheelchair for US Paralympics athletes

BMW developing Racing Wheelchair for US Paralympics athletes

BMW of North America has announced the development of a new racing wheelchair for use by athletes of the U.S. Paralympics Track and Field Team in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.


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As with the development of its previous technology projects for Team USA, BMW North America, the Official Mobility Partner of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), has enlisted designers from Designworks, its global creative consultancy headquartered in California, to collaborate with the U.S. Paralympics Track and Field team in identifying and addressing the need for potential improvements in the team’s equipment – namely the racing wheelchair.

BMW DesignWorksUSA Racing Wheelchair Concept Design Sketch

Although still in its infancy, the wheelchair’s significant improvements will include a complete redesign of its chassis, application of BMW’s signature aerodynamic efficiencies, enhanced athlete restraint, carbon fiber durability, as well as steering and braking advancements.

Nearly one year in development, the wheelchair is slated to be delivered to U.S. Paralympics track and field elite racers in early 2016. In the months ahead, BMW will continue working closely with athletes and coaches to integrate further enhancements and refinements as needed.

This announcement most recently follows BMW’s delivery of a two-man bobsled which helped Team USA overcome a 62-year medal drought at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

BMW Bobsled Concept

The latest endeavor marks the fourth vehicle technology transfer project developed by BMW as part of its six-year partnership with Team USA, and in support of its commitment to performance-driven sports.

(Source: BMW)

 

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