BMW Building Two-Man Bobsled for Team USA


  • BMW Bobsled Illustration

    BMW Bobsled Illustration

    BMW of North America can now say it's in the bobsled business. | November 15, 2012

Just the Facts:
  • BMW is developing a new two-man bobsled for Team USA for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
  • The current bobsled design is more than 20 years old and Team USA hasn't won a two-man gold medal in the Olympics since 1936.
  • Bobsled design isn't that much different from car design, said BMW, since both focus on "agility, speed and aerodynamics."

WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey — BMW of North America announced that it is designing a two-man bobsled for Team USA for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

The current bobsled design is more than 20 years old and Team USA hasn't won a two-man gold medal in the Olympics since 1936.

Bobsled design isn't that much different from car design, said BMW, since both focus on "agility, speed and aerodynamics."

BMW is the Official Mobility Partner of the United States Olympic Committee and is building the sled in collaboration with the USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation (USBSF).

The sled has been in the making for over a year, and a prototype has already been delivered to USBSF. Throughout the upcoming year, the team will refine the sled technology with help from engineers at BMW Group DesignworksUSA.

"By bringing BMW in 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," said Darrin Steele, chief executive officer of USBSF, in a statement on Wednesday.

Similar to building a racecar, there are specific design requirements to building an Olympic bobsled, and BMW says that it applied its EfficientDynamics technology to the sled plan.

The 2014 Olympic Winter Games will occur in Sochi, Russia with the opening ceremony on February 7, 2014.

Edmunds says: BMW aims to build the ultimate bobsled.

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