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Unread 11-15-2012, 10:50 AM   #1
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BMW goes downhill, gets into the bobsled business

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BMW is designing a new two-man bobsled for Team USA for use in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The automaker is partnering with the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation to redesign the sled that's been in use for the past 20 years by leveraging BMW expertise in lightweight materials, aerodynamics and chassis dynamics. While the US has repeatedly taken the top spot on the podium in the four-man event, that honor hasn't fallen to the two-man team since 1936.

It took BMW a full year of development to craft a prototype. Team USA is currently evaluating the sled, and the design will likely be refined further over the next year in preparation for the upcoming games.

As you may recall, open-wheel racer Bobby Rahal took the helm at the US Bobsled and Skeleton Foundation back in September with the goal or furthering the sport's development, though the BMW involvement predates Rahal's position with the group. Check the full press release below for more information on the new BMW-designed sled.Continue reading BMW goes downhill, gets into the bobsled business

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