Ferrari has designed the bobsled for the Italian team and it will make its debut at the Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi Russia. In this event the Italian national colour is definitely red.
Ferrari applied their expert knowledge gleaned at the very pinnacle of F1 motorsports to the design of the Italian national bobsled team’s downhill luge or bobsled. The Maranello-based car giant has been working on the aerodynamic piece of art since 2010, working with the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) to produce a streamlined cart that is capable of going on ice downhill at speeds of up to 140 kph.
The bobsled is the fruit of collaboration between Ferrari and the CONI that looks to apply Ferrari’s expertise to the national sporting cause across a range of disciplines. Bobsled is one of the obvious choices for a Ferrari to apply their high technology know-how as it’s one of the events were hundredths or even thousandths of a second can make all the difference just like Formula One.
Italy’s skiers have also benefited from wind tunnel testing at Ferrari’s state of the are facilities at Maranello as well as other traditional Olympic disciplines archery, rowing, canoeing and kayaking. In every case it’s all about movement through air, water, snow or ice with optimum efficiency and with minimum drag. Something Ferrari pays very close attention to in the design of their cars.
The Ferrari bobsled will be piloted by Simone Bertazzo at the Winter Olympics and he and his compatriots will be hoping to emulate the achievements of Italians Patrick Baumgartner and Alessandro Grande who the gold medal at the Innsbruck 2012 Youth Olympic Games.Ferrari is not the only Formula One team to design bobsleds for their respective national teams. BMW have worked with the German bobsledders for a number of years while the Great British team will this year be competing in a sled built with the help of Formula One’s McLaren.
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