The giant of the automobile world, BMW, this time put its hand not on an automobile but on an extreme sport. The German-based automaker has collaborated with Designworks and Peter Salzmann to design an electric Wingsuit.
One of the types that extreme sports enthusiasts know very well is Wingsuit flights. In this sport, the athletes leave themselves from the plane or down from fairly high cliffs. During these jumps, a specially developed outfit is used.
The clothes used in these jumps, which are performed from very high distances, have air-inflated parts between the arms and legs. Thanks to these parts that slow down the fall, the duration of the athletes in the sky is extended. BMW has developed an electric Wingsuit that can provide some kind of reinforcement to athletes on Wingsuit flights.
BMW develops electric wingsuit
This new electric Wingsuit realized; BMW i was created in collaboration with Designworks and Peter Salzmann, a professional Wingsuit pilot. The costume features two carbon fiber thrust propellers, each powered by electric motors with 10 horsepower.
These pushers, powered by the battery, can rotate 25 thousand times a minute for up to 5 minutes. Thanks to this additional propulsion force that the pushers provide, the speed of the athletes can reach over 299 km per hour. In the video, which you can watch from above, Salzmann and two other pilots also perform a test flight for these thrusters, jumping from a height of 9,842 feet (2,999 meters).
The electric Wingsuit design of BMW i emerged with Peter Salzmann’s project to take this sport to a new level. These propulsion propellers actually allow athletes to glide for a longer period of time as you can imagine. You can also watch the video about the design of the electric Wingsuit below.