The Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i - Leaping into a new dimension

The Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i - Leaping into a new dimension

11.11.2020: BMW #NEXTGen 2020 When visionary power is brought together with innovative spirit, great things can happen – like the leap into a new dimension with The Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i.

BMW #NEXTGen 2020





When visionary power is brought together with innovative spirit, great things can happen – like the leap into a new dimension with The Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i. Following three years of preparation and with the active support of BMW i and BMW Group company Designworks, Austrian base jumper and wingsuit pilot Peter Salzmann made the world’s first ever flight by a human wearing an electrically powered wingsuit.



BMW i was very receptive to Salzmann’s idea of using a lightweight electrically driven impeller – a type of shrouded propeller – in order to attain higher speeds during wingsuit flights and also regain height while flying.



The engineers from BMW i brought all their expertise and experience in electric mobility and battery technologies to bear, while the Designworks experts were also involved from the outset, helping with both the development of the fly unit – which featured two carbon-fibre impellers, each with an output of 7,500 W at approx. 25,000 rpm and around five minutes’ worth of peak combined output (15 kW) – and the design of the wingsuit. Extensive testing in the BMW Group’s wind tunnels subsequently allowed the necessary fine-tuning to be carried out and confirmed that the idea worked.



The result is The Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i, which enabled Salzmann to fulfil his dream of elevating wingsuit flying to new heights – in a very efficient, sustainable, quiet and generally astounding way. Peter Salzmann epitomises the BMW i ethos to perfection with his ideas, passion and courage. The Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i demonstrates what electric power is capable of and proves that the future is electric.






Seeking a Vision for 2040: #NEXTGen Moving Tomorrow Pitch.




At #NEXTGen 2020, the BMW Group will also be taking a look into the distant future in search of a Vision development for mobility in 2040. To this end, the company invited entries for the #NEXTGen Moving Tomorrow Pitch from students, research assistants and professors at top universities and research institutes all over the world.




The aim is to find the interdisciplinary team with the best vision for sustainable and individual premium mobility in the year 2040.



The BMW Group has chosen three finalists from the entries submitted. Two teams from Tsinghua University in China and one from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany will be presenting their visions at #NEXTGen 2020 in Munich in a video lasting no more than five minutes followed by a live two-minute Q&A session on Skype with the panel of three judges.



The panel will consist of Ilka Horstmeier, Steffi Czerny and Dr. Andreas Rickert, CEO and founder of PHINEO. The winning team, who will be announced by the judges straight after the presentations, will have an exclusive opportunity to meet top BMW Group executives as well as receiving €15,000 in prize money.



 

Matthias Schepke- photos BMW



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