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    New Bobsled Design Sets The Ice On Fire

    BMW teamed up with the USA Olympic team to design a lighter and faster bobsled.

    The bobsled made its Olympic debut in 1926

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    Pictured above are silver medal winners Ralph Broome, Thomas Arnold, Alexander Richardson and Rodney Soher Great Britain.

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    A gold medal in bobsledding can be determined by a hundredth of a second

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    The materials used to make the bobsled are one of the primary keys to speed

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    In the past, bobsleds have consisted of wood, steel and even Kevlar fiberglass.

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    A new carbon fiber bobsled will make its debut at Sochi 2014

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    Team USA partnered with BMW to make a new carbon fiber bobsled, a lightweight material that increases speed and aerodynamics.

    BMW teamed up with Team USA to create this bobsled which is designed to take curves at more than 90 mph

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    Designers distributed the weight of the sled in a way that improved aerodynamics and easier steering

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    This was achieved by adjusting the sled's center of gravity and narrowing the nose.

    By changing the body of the bobsled to carbon fiber, BMW redistributed the weight of the sled to increase efficiency during the race.

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    The sled was modeled in 3D and tested in a wind tunnel for an optimal design

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    Designworks USA, the BMW design firm that created the bobsled used computational fluid dynamics and motion capture technology to hone the design of this innovative bobsled.

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    Learn more about how BMW is designing to "drive on ice"

    View this video on YouTube

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    Video courtesy of BMW Group.

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