August 11, 2015
BMW to introduce racing wheelchair for Paralympics athletes
This is the coolest thing we’ve come upon from BMW. The German auto-manufacturer is using their wizardry to develop a racing wheelchair for the US Paralympics Track and Field team, who will be competing in the 2016 Rio games. The project has employed world-class designers from Designworks, a global creative consultancy, to work closely with the team and understand the requirements of the team better. The chassis of the wheelchair will receive a major overhaul, followed by carbon fiber for more durability and advancements in the steering and braking technologies. “Over the course of our partnership with Team USA, we have been committed to advancing athletic performance through technology transfer initiatives which help to address their training and equipment needs,” said Trudy Hardy, Vice President of Marketing, BMW (North America). “This one is special not only because it presents a unique design challenge, but it helps solve a bigger mobility challenge for our Paralympic athletes.”
The North American wing of the company has been the Official Mobility Partner of the US Olympic Committee for six years. The new wheelchair is expected to reach the athletes by early 2016 so that they can acclimatize themselves with its awesomeness.
[Via – Bmwgroup]