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Source: BMW Group Munich. Electromobility from BMW i is conquering the third dimension. As part of #NEXTGen 2020, the BMW Group is presenting the first electric drive for a wingsuit, with which the centuries-old human dream of flying can be realized in a completely new way. The innovative drive module and the completely redesigned wing suit were created in cooperation between BMW i and Designworks with the professional wingsuit pilot Peter Salzmann from Austria. His premiere flight with the Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i was captured in an elaborately staged video documentation. The spectacular film, which will be shown for the first time in the run-up to #NEXTGen 2020, shows in an impressive way how BMW eDrive technology is able to change the individual mobility experience not only on the road BMW Group on how the company is driving change in the global automotive industry in a variety of ways. Initiatives and engagements are presented in which a close exchange with initiators from other areas of society leads to new perspectives. In addition, the BMW Group will present the latest product innovations as well as technology developments and vehicle concepts for the future of individual mobility, with a focus on the field of electromobility, in which the BMW Group, with its development and manufacturing know-how and the largest selection of models with electrified Drive is one of the world’s leading providers. Since the market launch of the all-electric BMW i3 (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l / 100 km; combined power consumption: 13.1 kWh / 100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g / km) in 2013, the components electric motor, power electronics , Charging technology and high-voltage storage are continuously developed. The new BMW iX3 (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l / 100 km; combined power consumption: 17.8 – 17.5 kWh / 100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g / km) is the fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology It is used, which is characterized by an optimized energy efficiency and power density as well as a particularly compact construction. Compact drive, optimized design, unique flight experience. Now the many years of experience and the development competence concentrated at the BMW i brand in the areas of electric drive and battery technology have been completely new species used. The result was an extremely powerful, yet compact and lightweight drive and energy storage package for a unique flight experience with the Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i. Two coated carbon propellers, the so-called impellers, each with an output of 7.5 kW, a speed of around 25,000 rpm and a total output of 15 kW that can be accessed for around five minutes form the fly unit of the Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i . The drive unit and the specially developed wingsuit were designed in cooperation between Peter Salzmann and a creative team from Designworks. The subsidiary of the BMW Group has strongly shaped the design of the BMW i brand from the start and uses its creative skills not only in the automotive sector, but also on behalf of numerous international customers from other branches of industry. From the idea of ​​a wingsuit flight with electric extra Boost until the premiere in the Austrian Alps passed around three years, during which the aviation pioneer Peter Salzmann and his partners at BMW i and Designworks worked together on the details of the suit and drive. The electric double propeller drive including energy storage was precisely integrated into the front of the wingsuit. An important part of the development program for the project were the tests in the wind tunnel of the BMW Group’s aerodynamic test center in Munich: jumping out of the helicopter, flying with BMW eDrive technology, landing by parachute. The Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i project was triggered by Peter Salzmann’s efforts to take the wingsuit sport to a new level. The 33-year-old Austrian is a skydiving trainer and has also made base jumping and wingsuit flying his profession. In addition to jumping training, his repertoire also includes film stunts and shows. When he jumps from rocky peaks or from airplanes, Salzmann uses the textile layer of his wingsuit stretched between arms and legs as a paraglider, which makes it possible to generate a horizontal flight movement from the falling speed and the air flow. With every meter of descent, up to three meters of level flight can be achieved. Wingsuit pilots reach speeds of more than 100 km / h. The aim of the electric drive is to increase the performance of wingsuits in order to achieve better constant gliding and thus be able to cover longer distances. When activated, describes Salzmann, the pilot experiences an immediate acceleration and can fly at speeds of more than 300 km / h. For the premiere flight with the Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i, Salzmann and two other wingsuit pilots were transported by helicopter over the mountain peaks of his Austrian homeland. Immediately after jumping from a height of 3,000 meters, all three flew in formation in the direction of a mountain range. With the help of the electric drive, Salzmann accelerated faster than his companions and was then able to climb over the summit, only to meet the other two pilots again after a wide curve, who had glided around the mountain. The three wingsuit pilots then opened their parachutes and landed at the agreed destination.After the successful start, Peter Salzmann and the experts from BMW i and Designworks will continue their development work on the world’s first electrically powered wingsuit. The Austrian is firmly convinced that the future belongs to the electric drive not only on the road, but also in the air. For him, the Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i project is perfect evidence of the previously undreamed-of possibilities that can become reality with the help of electromobility. Https:// tl = grp-opre-ngpc-brnd-mn -.-.-.-.-

BMW i3 combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l / 100 km; Combined power consumption: 13.1 kWh / 100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 0 g / km. BMW iX3 Combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l / 100 km; Combined power consumption: 17.8 – 17.5 kWh / 100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 0 g / km.


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