Testing a BMW suit that can fly at a speed of 300 km/h

Testing a BMW suit that can fly at a speed of 300 km/h

November 10, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The wingsuit is equipped with two 10-power electric motors

BMW has partnered with Designworks to unveil the world’s first electric base jumping wing suit. The new wingsuit, which allows you to develop a speed of up to 300 kilometers per hour, was tested in the mountains by the Austrian extreme sportsman Peter Salzmann.

Wingsuit is a special suit, the design of which allows the flow of air to fill the “wings” between the legs, arms and body of the pilot, so that he can control the flight, maneuvering in the air currents. The flight speed of a basejumper in a traditional suit reaches 100 kilometers per hour.

BMW engineers decided to change the concept of base jumping and created the world’s first electric wingsuit. The suit is equipped with a special carbon-fiber backpack, to which are attached two electric motors with 10-horsepower carbon propellers. The propellers rotate at 25,000 rpm and can fly at speeds up to 300 kilometers per hour. Together with the 50-volt lithium battery, the total weight of the backpack is only 12 kilograms. The battery charge lasts for five minutes of flight.

Extremal Peter Salzmann, who was directly involved in the development of the suit, carried out many development tests in the wind tunnel of the BMW test center in Munich. The Austrian planned to test the performance of the electric wingsuit in real conditions in South Korea, flying over three skyscrapers in Busan.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the test site had to be changed. The athlete went to the Austrian Alps, where he jumped from a helicopter from a height of about 3000 meters in the company of extreme sportsmen in classic base jumping suits.

At the end of September, the Chinese company Xpeng unveiled a prototype of the Kiwigogo air car at the Beijing Auto Show. The car, which resembles a giant octocopter, can accommodate two passengers and flies at an altitude of 5 to 25 meters.