WADOO!!NEWS: BMW is developing new racing wheelchair for the 2016 Paralympics
BMW of North America announced that it is developing a new racing wheelchair for the U.S. Paralympics Track and Field Team. And the model will debut in Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. According to the vehicle manufacturer, this is the fourth project developed for the American team and is part of their six-year partnership.
“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,” says BMW’s Trudy Hardy in a press release.“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 BMW recruited designers from Designworks, their creative consultancy located in California, to work along with the US team members to identify what needs to be improved in the current equipment. While not giving many details about the wheelchair they are developing, which appears only in a conceptual design, the brand has already said that the chassis has been redesigned, aerodynamic improvements have been made, and the steering control and the brakes have also been improved.
The new chair model should be delivered to the athletes at the beginning of next year, said BMW.
Source: PR Newswire