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    Quote Originally Posted by na1g View Post
    BMW did the aerodynamics on the USA bobsleds, so who designs the German and Austrian bobsleds?

    I'm not a bobsledder or even a big fan (except every four years) but it seems there isn't much room for creativity and innovation in sled design. Since the sled has no internal power, once the pushers climb on board gravity does all the work. Aerodynamics is (are?) obviously very important at the speeds these things go but at this stage of development any gains will be very small. Still, with times measured to the thousandth of a second, even an exposed bolt head could make a difference.

    The human element (driver, et al) is far more important than the mechanics.

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    The advertising value to BMW makes the (I assume) gratis effort worth it. Could NASA or Boeing have done a better job.........likely, but for what point/value? Their customers aren't making decisions based on what occurred at the Olympics. Could GM or Ford done a good job? Would the typical GM or Ford customer care if their 1/2-ton PU is more aerodynamic?

    But, for everything you say.......aerodynamics and sled suspension would be elements that the team could control. Accordingly, ignoring those potential gains would be foolish.
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    Sure, the human element is maybe the most important parameter. Still, every other little thing counts. Remember some were caught heating up the blades to gain an advantage. how much of an effect could that have had.

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