New Racing Wheelchairs

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News October 2015

Rio de Janiero 2016 Paralympic athletes will be competing with new state-of-the-art wheelchairs come next summer

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U.S. track and field athletes at the Rio de Janiero 2016 Paralympic Games will be competing with new state-of-the-art wheelchairs come next summer.
BMW of North America, the official mobility partner of the United States Olympic Committee, has announced its plan to develop new racing wheelchairs for the U.S. Paralympics Track and Field team for the Rio de Janeiro Summer Paralympic Games.

BMW has hired world-class designers from Designworks, its global creative consultancy in California, to work with the U.S. Paralympics Track and Field team in designing a new chair. It will feature a complete chassis redesign and add in BMW’s signature aerodynamic efficiencies, enhanced athlete restraints, carbon fiber durability and steering and braking advancements.
After a year in development, the wheelchair is scheduled to be delivered to U.S. Paralympics track and field racers in early 2016, according to a BMW press release. BMW will also work to improve enhancements and refinements as needed.

“Over the course of our partnership with Team USA, we have been committed to advancing athletic performance through technology transfer initiatives, which help to address their training and equipment needs,” says Trudy Hardy, Vice President, Marketing, BMW of North America. “This one is special not only because it presents a unique design challenge, but it helps solve a bigger mobility challenge for our Paralympic athletes.”

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