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    SEE IT: Electric wingsuit reaches 186 mph in first flight

    BMW Wing Suit
    BMW Wing Suit (BMW / YouTube)

    Want to go for a ride?

    BMW teamed up with a design company and an extreme sports star to create an electrified wingsuit and pulled it off.


    The German automaker, Designworks and Peter Salzmann, a professional skydiver and BASE jumper, collaborated on a new chest-mounted motor that allowed Salzmann to fly at speeds of 186 mph during a test flight, according to luxury lifestyle mag, the Robb Report.

    “One of them was a supporting motor — and it’s an idea I just couldn’t shake,” Salzmann said. “I found the idea of being able to jump from my local mountain wearing the wingsuit and land in my garden fascinating.”


    The team conducted three years of research and test flights at an indoor wind tunnel before Salzmann, 33, took the suit out on its first flight in the wild, over the mountains of Austria.

    After dropping out of a helicopter at about 10,000 feet, Salzmann was able to quickly accelerate up to 186 mph, about three times faster than a non-motorized wingsuit.

    The flight in real-world conditions went off without a hitch and even exceeded expectations when Salzmann was able to gain altitude during the short run.

    The engineers and designers behind the suit say it’s limited to about five minutes of boosted power with its current set up, but believe a model that could cover longer distances is very possible.

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