BMW’s designworks division streamlines rio 2016 US paralympic team racing wheelchairs
all images courtesy of BMW




german automaker BMW in collaboration with the united states paralympics track and field team, designed new racing wheelchairs for the upcoming 2016 rio games. working closely with the athletes and coaches, the equipment developed drew from the aesthetics and engineering of the automaker’s signature vehicle design. 

the upcoming 2016 rio racing wheelchairs for US paralympics track and team




‘working on this project has been a truly rewarding experience for my team and we’re proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish in the last year and half with these athletes and their coaches,’ said brad cracchiola, associate director, BMW group designworks. ‘from fittings and immersion sessions, to data analysis and real-time testing, we had the unique opportunity to build a fully customized racing device. we’re eager to complete the final product and look forward to watching team USA compete.’

aerodynamic details add dynamic efficiencies to the equipment




the wheelchair features modernized aerodynamic efficiencies, carbon fiber material, a complete chassis redesign and a personalized approach for a customized athlete fit. over the next few months BMW will work to adjust and improve the wheelchair in the lead up to the games. 

concept drawing by the BMW designworks team