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When we first reported on BMW's plans to develop a new bobsled for Team USA, the 2014 Winter Olympics were over two years away. Now the games are upon us and BMW's high-tech, carbon fiber sled is ready for competition in Sochi.

According to the automaker, BMW designers redeveloped the two-man bobsled from the ground up to replace a 20-year-old platform that has failed to produce Olympic gold.

"BMW's process reevaluated the complete vehicle system: cowling aerodynamics and construction, chassis and steering geometries, athlete fitment and integration were all critical focal points," the automaker said in a statement. "Computer aided modeling, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), full size wind tunnel testing, on track testing, and athlete scannings were all tools in BMW's development approach."

The United States has not won a gold medal in two-man bobsled since 1936. Only time will tell if BMW's contributions will give Team USA an edge at this year's Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

You can watch BMW's Team USA bobsled in action in the video above.

UPDATE: Team USA bobsledders Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton won the bronze medal in two-man bobsled, snapping a 62-year medal drought in the event.

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lgvxl42

Personally, I'm pleased to see BMW get involved. We haven't seen the fruits of any of our efforts in the past. Yet we see German teams succeeding in this sport consistently. One has to believe that German engineering is developing better sleds. BMW has put us on the footing to have some of those better sleds. Further, one should not be encumbered with notions that BMW is a foreign auto maker. They do manufacture autos in the Carolina's & employ American labor. I say thanks BMW and go U.S. bobsledders!

February 14 2014 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DDS

What happened to the Bo-Dyn sled? (Donor financed, designed, and built in the US) We had a sled that changed the face of the sport, and for once one that everyone else wanted? Although it did say it was a two-man bob, that was 20 years old. Maybe the Bo-Dyn project was for the four-man sled. Because those things have been very competitive in World Cup events. Even garnering wins that was only a dream prior to it's build. And who would have thought stock-car racers could build the better "road course style" vehicle? Well, I didn't have any doubts, being a stock-car guy myself and knowing what "we're" capable of.

February 10 2014 at 6:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
usci1

Reverse engineer the winning bobsleds from the winning teams and make an improvement if possible or needed? Likely saves on R&D costs?

February 10 2014 at 5:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
duey35

Couldn't be worse than one made by GM Ford or Chrysler. I would hope.

February 10 2014 at 4:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tmiller473

We can land on the moon, yet we have to get the German's to build our bob sleds. Go figure

February 10 2014 at 3:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
turboawdftw

It may give the usa a slight improvement over last version but im sure the germans will have the best advantage ;-)

February 10 2014 at 1:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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