BMW is working on a futuristic wingsuit which can make all the current wingsuits feel vintage. The reason being, it can fly faster than 300 kmph, according to Electrek. This is simply mind boggling for a flying machine of the current age.
The electric wingsuit promises to stand out completely with its Batman's flying suit inspired dynamics and a design which is a creation of a collaboration between BMW i and Designworks.
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The wingsuit started life almost three years back as a concept by Peter Salzmann who is a professional Wingsuit Pilot / Basejumper / Skydiver and Paragliding instructor. The suit is electrically assisted which allows the user to actually fly - increasing the horizontal coverage. The fly unit of the suit include two encased chest mounted carbon propellers or impellers, each delivering a maximum power output of 7.5 kW, a speed of 25,000 rpm and a total output of 15 kW or 20 bhp (for five minutes).
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Dropped from the sky:
BMW has also released a video (above) where Salzmann can be seen performing the first test of the electric wingsuit. Part of the first test, Salzmann was dropped straight from a helicopter in Austria at a height of 9,800 feet. He was accompanied by two other wingsuit operators who were equipped with standard gears and equipment.