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(Forbes)   New U.S Olympic bobsled is designed by BMW. Although if the bobsled team wanted a vehicle that borders on being out of control down icy slopes with no chance of stopping, they should have gone with Chrysler   (forbes.com) divider line 66
    More: Spiffy, First Olympics, BMW, bobsled, U.S., Olympic Winter Games, sleds  
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2014-01-06 09:14:21 PM
www.mnd-tyneandwear.org.uk
Cool runnings
 
2014-01-06 09:20:25 PM
Are there really any new frontiers in bobsled design?  Haven't we optimized that shiat yet?
 
2014-01-06 09:40:53 PM

Ambivalence: Are there really any new frontiers in bobsled design?  Haven't we optimized that shiat yet?


A timer that makes it explode if they get to the finish line slower than the one in front of them?
 
2014-01-06 10:00:48 PM

Ambivalence: Are there really any new frontiers in bobsled design?  Haven't we optimized that shiat yet?


You'd think we'd have reached the limits of swimsuit engineering, but they found a way to improve on them.

Bobsleds should be able to benefit from more advanced computer modeling for aerodynamics and improvements in material science to reduce weight.
 
2014-01-06 10:25:53 PM
Sports headline of the year, so far.

Subby, that is a thing of beauty. Bravo!
 
2014-01-06 10:29:41 PM

Principal Clarinet: www.mnd-tyneandwear.org.uk
Cool runnings


John Candy should have gotten an Oscar for that role. Not even trolling.
 
2014-01-06 10:40:33 PM

Ambivalence: Are there really any new frontiers in bobsled design?  Haven't we optimized that shiat yet?


Flux capacitor
 
2014-01-07 12:13:35 AM
http://i.imgur.com/4oHoH6W.gif
 
2014-01-07 12:16:37 AM

Principal Clarinet: [www.mnd-tyneandwear.org.uk image 400x300]
Cool runnings


Came for the Cool Runnings reference, leaving satisfied.
 
2014-01-07 12:18:42 AM

Ambivalence: Are there really any new frontiers in bobsled design?  Haven't we optimized that shiat yet?


The Bodine Brothers did alot of work on this in the 80's and 90's, but in any sport where 100ths of a second count nothing is ever truly optimized.
 
2014-01-07 12:22:10 AM
PS: We miss you, Dick Trickle:

www.bodynbobsled.com
 
2014-01-07 12:28:21 AM
If they wanted a sled that gets going and doesn't stop, they should of went with Toyota.
 
2014-01-07 12:31:43 AM
Why would a German company design a bobsled for an American Olympic team?
 
2014-01-07 12:39:15 AM

Taima: Why would a German company design a bobsled for an American Olympic team?


IIRC, the sleds are pretty spec now.
 
2014-01-07 12:39:50 AM

Taima: Why would a German company design a bobsled for an American Olympic team?


You know how I know you didn't read the article?
 
2014-01-07 12:43:05 AM

TuteTibiImperes: Ambivalence: Are there really any new frontiers in bobsled design?  Haven't we optimized that shiat yet?

You'd think we'd have reached the limits of swimsuit engineering, but they found a way to improve on them.

Bobsleds should be able to benefit from more advanced computer modeling for aerodynamics and improvements in material science to reduce weight.


This! Basically the Olympics is typically about which ever country can throw the most money at the sport for Nationalistic pride. Those that can, then win massive amounts of events.
 
2014-01-07 12:44:16 AM
Uncontrolled acceleration is a Toyota thing, subby dumbass.
 
2014-01-07 12:49:42 AM
BMW.  Mach schnell.  Gut.
 
2014-01-07 12:53:17 AM
What the sled might look like in action:

Steven Holcomb & Steve Langton (USA-1):
img.fark.net;

Cory Butner & Chuck Berkeley (USA-3):
img.fark.net

Both from FIBT World Cup race 3 in Lake Placid.
 
2014-01-07 01:01:36 AM

Taima: Why would a German company design a bobsled for an American Olympic team?


Because Americans buy a lot of BMW's.
 
2014-01-07 01:02:17 AM

Kurmudgeon: Uncontrolled acceleration is a Toyota thing, subby dumbass.


You shut your whore mouth!
 
2014-01-07 01:04:50 AM
"Bobsleigh," subby. If you want to be cool, you call it "bobsleigh."
 
2014-01-07 01:13:25 AM
You know who else BMW designed machines for?
 
2014-01-07 01:18:06 AM

stoli n coke: You know who else BMW designed machines for?


Jews?
 
2014-01-07 01:25:55 AM
nice Bobsled.
 
2014-01-07 01:25:56 AM
That's a good'un subby

i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-07 01:30:49 AM

MFAWG: Taima: Why would a German company design a bobsled for an American Olympic team?

IIRC, the sleds are pretty spec now.


Not at all.  If you look at the front of a Eurotech sled (like the Canadians use), the nose and run up to where the pilot sits is much more rounded than the BMWs (or really the Bodyn before those).  The Citius sleds that the Swiss use are kind of a combination of the two, where the point isn't as defined as in the BMW sleds, but is definitely there (and falls off the side a bit as well).  Japan is working on a most flatter nosed sled that they debuted at the North American Cup race in Lake Placid this past March that's supposed to come in cost-wise around $15,000 (compared to the $40,000-$60,000 you'd pay for a Eurotech).

Really, aside from the type of material that you can use for the runners and things like that, every sled maker has their own thing about them.
 
2014-01-07 01:33:27 AM

limeyfellow: TuteTibiImperes: Ambivalence: Are there really any new frontiers in bobsled design?  Haven't we optimized that shiat yet?

You'd think we'd have reached the limits of swimsuit engineering, but they found a way to improve on them.

Bobsleds should be able to benefit from more advanced computer modeling for aerodynamics and improvements in material science to reduce weight.

This! Basically the Olympics is typically about which ever country can throw the most money at the sport for Nationalistic pride. Those that can, then win massive amounts of events.


Didn't they end up banning the most high tech swimsuits, once it became clear they gave an unfair advantage to the US and other rich nations?
 
2014-01-07 01:43:13 AM
So for instance, this is USA-2, a BMW: 
img.fark.net
Compared to a Eurotech:
img.fark.net
Then a Citius (which, until the BMWs came out, were likely the fastest sleds out there):
img.fark.net
And then the Japanese sled, which is a total break from traditional aerodynamic sled design.  I'm excited to see how it works out going forward for some of the smaller nations.  Right now Heath Spence and the Aussie team is using a 6 year old Dresden or something like that because that's all he can afford.
img.fark.net
 
2014-01-07 01:59:28 AM
I see the low hanging Toyota fruit has been picked. Darn...

/3 time Toyota owner
 
2014-01-07 02:07:48 AM

Go Fast Turn Left: And then the Japanese sled, which is a total break from traditional aerodynamic sled design


It will never stand a chance with wooden runners
 
2014-01-07 04:23:36 AM
Don't forget the inexplicable electrical failures.
 
2014-01-07 04:39:12 AM
How close are we to getting rid of this "one-at-a-time" nonsense? I want a real race.
 
2014-01-07 05:29:45 AM

Bslim: Don't forget the inexplicable electrical failures.


Lucas?
 
2014-01-07 08:10:02 AM

Kurmudgeon: Uncontrolled acceleration is a Toyota thing, subby dumbass.


/shakes tiny fist
 
2014-01-07 08:10:53 AM
Need a slick aero package whilst running as close to regulations and exploiting soft spots like no one else? Formula 1 designers are your ticket.

Paging Adrian Newey. Paging Mr. Newey....
 
2014-01-07 08:25:23 AM

NewportBarGuy: Sports headline of the year, so far.

Subby, that is a thing of beauty. Bravo!


A Chrysler joke is HOTY material? Wait till you see your first Toronto Maple Leafs or Tony Romo headline.
 
2014-01-07 08:27:15 AM
"You shut your whore mouth!"

Shut it for me, Newport guy.
And for those who keep forgetting or are trying to misrepresent the truth, this is a Toyota
www.autospies.com
/pray for them, like was asked.
 
2014-01-07 08:40:36 AM
I don't know if I oughta go sailin' down no hill with nothin' between the ground and my brain but a piece of German plastic.
 
2014-01-07 08:54:43 AM
Ummm, Subby, Chrysler was too busy designing the Italian bob"sleigh"
 
2014-01-07 08:55:36 AM
BBB,

Nice job sir, way to protect that part of yours....
 
2014-01-07 09:00:42 AM
Most winter olympics sports are really stupid.  This qualifies.

Yeah there is a coolness to going really fast down an icy hill, but is it really a sporting event?

Here's my list of reasonable Winter olympic events:

Traditional Skiiing (Downhill/Cross Country/Slalom etc)
Biathalon
Speedskating - I'll accept short track too
Ice Hockey - I don't like team sports in the olympics, but it's a sport

Silly (doesn't mean they're not fun to watch):
Luge
Bobsled
Figure Skating
Trick skiiing/snowboarding
Curling
 
2014-01-07 09:10:01 AM

MugzyBrown: Most winter olympics sports are really stupid.  This qualifies.

Yeah there is a coolness to going really fast down an icy hill, but is it really a sporting event?

Here's my list of reasonable Winter olympic events:

Traditional Skiiing (Downhill/Cross Country/Slalom etc)
Biathalon
Speedskating - I'll accept short track too
Ice Hockey - I don't like team sports in the olympics, but it's a sport

Silly (doesn't mean they're not fun to watch):
Luge
Bobsled
Figure Skating
Trick skiiing/snowboarding
Curling


You forgot skeleton.  It's awesome.

img.fark.net
 
2014-01-07 09:19:55 AM

Go Fast Turn Left: What the sled might look like in action:

Steven Holcomb & Steve Langton (USA-1):
[img.fark.net image 800x533];

Cory Butner & Chuck Berkeley (USA-3):
[img.fark.net image 800x533]

Both from FIBT World Cup race 3 in Lake Placid.


KOA is still around??
 
2014-01-07 09:21:22 AM

Go Fast Turn Left: ou forgot skeleton.  It's awesome


Skeleton is just luge, but the guy fell face first.

It was probably invented during a luger's bar bet.
 
2014-01-07 09:24:22 AM

Principal Clarinet: [www.mnd-tyneandwear.org.uk image 400x300]
Cool runnings


One of my favorite things about jamiaca is in the montego bay airport, there is a bar called cool runnings, that has a bunch of tvs which just play that movie again and again on a loop, off of what I assume is a vhs player based on the worn out tracking.

While i love that movie, I have to think that the people working there must have committed the worst crimes possible in jamaica to be forced to watch it day in and day out.
 
2014-01-07 09:27:45 AM

MugzyBrown: Go Fast Turn Left: ou forgot skeleton.  It's awesome

Skeleton is just luge, but the guy fell face first.

It was probably invented during a luger's bar bet.


Both modern versions of the sport originate from the same time (and same place, St. Moritz).  That said, skeleton is far more fun to watch than luge.  Of course, natural track luge is far and away more fun to watch than either, but it's not an Olympic sport, and is relegated to a few spots in eastern Europe.
 
2014-01-07 09:27:48 AM

Go Fast Turn Left: MugzyBrown: Most winter olympics sports are really stupid.  This qualifies.

Yeah there is a coolness to going really fast down an icy hill, but is it really a sporting event?

Here's my list of reasonable Winter olympic events:

Traditional Skiiing (Downhill/Cross Country/Slalom etc)
Biathalon
Speedskating - I'll accept short track too
Ice Hockey - I don't like team sports in the olympics, but it's a sport

Silly (doesn't mean they're not fun to watch):
Luge
Bobsled
Figure Skating
Trick skiiing/snowboarding
Curling

You forgot skeleton.  It's awesome.

[img.fark.net image 850x613]



Didn't a guy die doing skeleton at the last WO?
 
2014-01-07 09:29:35 AM

Garbonzo42: Go Fast Turn Left: MugzyBrown: Most winter olympics sports are really stupid.  This qualifies.

Yeah there is a coolness to going really fast down an icy hill, but is it really a sporting event?

Here's my list of reasonable Winter olympic events:

Traditional Skiiing (Downhill/Cross Country/Slalom etc)
Biathalon
Speedskating - I'll accept short track too
Ice Hockey - I don't like team sports in the olympics, but it's a sport

Silly (doesn't mean they're not fun to watch):
Luge
Bobsled
Figure Skating
Trick skiiing/snowboarding
Curling

You forgot skeleton.  It's awesome.

[img.fark.net image 850x613]


Didn't a guy die doing skeleton at the last WO?


Luge, Nodar Kumaritashvili.  A luge sled is up higher than a skeleton sled, and the sliders hold themselves onto the skeleton sled a bit with their arms.  The same hit off the final corner in skeleton likely would have just left with some bruises and not the "ejection" you saw with Kumaritashvili
 
2014-01-07 09:31:10 AM

Big Beef Burrito: I don't know if I oughta go sailin' down no hill with nothin' between the ground and my brain but a piece of German plastic.


I don't LOL very often at comments, but that made me LOL

/LOL
 
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