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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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2014-01-07 09:31:45 AM  

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


In fairness, that was essentially because no one thought to even try before the mid-90s.
 
2014-01-07 09:33:33 AM  

hitmanric: A Chrysler joke is HOTY material? Wait till you see your first Toronto Maple Leafs or Tony Romo headline.


Submitted links approved:None


I rest my case, your honor.
 
2014-01-07 09:39:19 AM  

Need a Dispenser Here: I see the low hanging Toyota fruit has been picked. Darn...

/3 time Toyota owner


Need a Dispenser Here: I see the low hanging Toyota fruit has been picked. Darn...

/3 time Toyota owner


There are still some ground apples...

Did the Georgian team upgrade to the BMW from the Toyota?
 
2014-01-07 09:59:18 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-07 11:52:31 AM  
Natural Track Luge (link)
fun starts at 4:35
 
2014-01-07 12:50:19 PM  
Weird, it's a vehicle designed by BMW... but I don't really see a provision to allow the driver to jabber away on a smartphone the entire time they careen carelessly down the bobsled run.
 
2014-01-07 01:06:04 PM  

NewportBarGuy: hitmanric: A Chrysler joke is HOTY material? Wait till you see your first Toronto Maple Leafs or Tony Romo headline.

Submitted links approved:None


I rest my case, your honor.


Relevance?
 
2014-01-07 01:23:26 PM  

Go Fast Turn Left: So for instance, this is USA-2, a BMW: 
[img.fark.net image 800x533]
Compared to a Eurotech:
[img.fark.net image 800x533]
Then a Citius (which, until the BMWs came out, were likely the fastest sleds out there):
[img.fark.net image 800x533]
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 image 533x800]


Interesting that the Swiss Citius also has BMW sponsorship, if not engineering.
 
2014-01-07 01:23:49 PM  
Bodines (the NASCAR Bodines) also build sleds that are used by the USA team that were good there for a while.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoff_Bodine#Bo-Dyn_bobsleds

But when a sport comes down to thousandths of a second to determine a winner, it has been optimized about as far as it can.  Like NASCAR where everybody essentially drives the same car and has the same skills, it comes down to very minor factors like weight reduction and luck to win.

/Still fun to watch
//I like Luge and Skeleton much more
///Figure skating and Ice Dancing should not be Olympic sports, though.
 
2014-01-07 01:33:45 PM  

ski9600: Go Fast Turn Left: So for instance, this is USA-2, a BMW:
[img.fark.net image 800x533]
Compared to a Eurotech:
[img.fark.net image 800x533]
Then a Citius (which, until the BMWs came out, were likely the fastest sleds out there):
[img.fark.net image 800x533]
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 image 533x800]

Interesting that the Swiss Citius also has BMW sponsorship, if not engineering.


BMW is pretty involved in the sport.  They also just inked sponsorship of the Canadians, and I *think* they do something with the Austrians too.  Those are all just in monetary form for the most part, though BMW does provide cars to some of the World Cup athletes in Canada when they're home much like they do the Americans (usually X3s).  Canada's in a contract with Eurotech for sled support, though, and that's worked out pretty well for them, so I don't expect any change as far as technical alliances there.  Citius has been doing the Swiss sleds for some time now as well, and I'm willing to say that they're on par with the new BMW stuff, despite being a few years older.  You tend to see pretty high top speeds from the Swiss even on unclean runs.

I think the biggest issue going forward is going to be how Bodyn fits into this whole thing (if at all).  Their sleds use an entirely different type of steering mechanism than the BMWs, and that's causing some serious problems right now in the USA four-man program.  The feel is entirely different between the two mechanisms, so instead of *only* having to worry about the differences in weight and pressure through corners between a two and four-man sled, you now also have to know how much you need to pull on the rings for steering.  When you look at results from Europe (and even some of the American races), where the Americans are all toward the top in two-man, the performance just isn't there in four-man.  Unless something's done with that, the combined results will suffer in the long-run.
 
2014-01-07 01:55:24 PM  

hitmanric: 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.


I think the excitement from this last round of HOTY is carrying over.

Or the sarcasm is just not evident in the original post.

Either way, We're 7 days into the first month of this year.  Give it some time, people.
 
2014-01-07 07:49:29 PM  

vonmatrices: I think the excitement from this last round of HOTY is carrying over.

Or the sarcasm is just not evident in the original post.

Either way, We're 7 days into the first month of this year. Give it some time, people.


I just really hate Chrysler. I wish Fiat the best of luck because I do like the jobs they provide.
 
2014-01-07 09:49:58 PM  

Stagger_Lee: Natural Track Luge (link)
fun starts at 4:35


That's like SCCA Solo 1. On ice. Without a car. Neat.
 
2014-01-07 10:03:59 PM  

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


I just wandered back into this dead thread to let you know I stayed up until way too late last night watching the youtubed recording of the women's skeleton heats from the 2010 Olympics. That shiat is hypnotic, and no one is ever a sure thing.
 
2014-01-07 10:21:29 PM  

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

I just wandered back into this dead thread to let you know I stayed up until way too late last night watching the youtubed recording of the women's skeleton heats from the 2010 Olympics. That shiat is hypnotic, and no one is ever a sure thing.


Ready to kill a bunch of time? Here's the FIBT's youtube page.  It's where they have the live races on late at night/early in the morning:  http://www.youtube.com/user/bobskeletv.  It's where I spend a lot of nights/mornings working on my blog.
 
2014-01-08 08:56:17 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.


And the work never ceases:

3.bp.blogspot.com

www.outblush.com

chewthedirt.com

FOR SCIENCE!
 
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