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Motorsports and sliding have plenty in common.


A tale of bobsleighs, boffins, and several pints of British bitters.

Mark Higgins may be a daredevil, but this was nearly too much even for him.

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.


BMW might be a German brand, but that isn't keeping its US branch from helping out Team USA as the 22nd Winter Olympics gets set to kick off in Sochi, Russia next month. We last reported on BMW's partnership with Team USA's bobsled team in November of 2012, but with barely a month until the opening ceremony, it's about time we hear something new about the team's progress.

BMW, the brand know for building the "Ultimate Driving Machine," now seeks to develop the ultimate sledding machine. Continuing its sponsorship of the United States Olympic Committee, BMW plans to develop a two-man bobsled to be used by U.S. Bobsled Team in the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.


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.

BMW G450X plays chicken with a bobsled – Click above to watch the video after the break

Porsche Design composite bobsled – Click above for high-res image gallery