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Cars and luges in the wind tunnel

Since BMW opened its Energy and Environment Test Center in 2009, it has optimized the aerodynamics of countless prototypes and production models. What works for cars ought to work for luges, reckon members of Germany’s wintersports team.

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If the tunnel can analyze turbulence around cars, it ought to be able to do the same for luges, think luge racers of the German national team. So they came to the BMW center to test their luges for the coming season. Of course the BMW aerodynamics experts gave them all the support they needed. We watched what was done at the tests: the slightest changes make a differeence -- in luges just as in cars.