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World-class Designers Add Spin to Wheelchairs

BMW is the Official Mobility Partner for the U.S. Olympic Committee, which transcends providing vehicles to transport officials and team members around the 2016 summer games in Rio. The top designers from BMW are busy designing a wheelchair for the Paralympics Track and Field team that will provide athletes with the latest technology. The wheelchair is still in the design phase, but is going through complete changes in the chassis, aerodynamic styling, restraints for the athlete, braking and steering. The wheelchair should be ready for the athletes to train with in early 2016. By utilizing knowledge gained from the design of the vehicles you can see at Chapman BMW, the automakers hope to give the U.S. team a decided advantage in the games.

Bobsled Design Helped U.S. Gain a Medal

The wheelchair program follows on the heels of BMW’s creation of a two-man bobsled for the 2014 winter games, which helped the U.S. to earn a medal. It had been 62 years since the U.S. had won a medal in two-man bobsled. “Over the course of our partnership with Team USA, we have been committed to advancing athletic performance through technology transfer initiatives which help to address their training and equipment needs,” according to BMW VP of marketing, Trudy Hardy. “(The wheelchair) is special not only because it presents a unique design challenge, but it helps solve a bigger mobility problem for our Paralympic athletes.”

BMW in Final Year of Sponsorship Deal

There has been no word if BMW will re-sign a sponsorship deal with the U.S. Olympic Committee as the six-year deal it signed in 2010 will end with the Rio Summer Games. In that time BMW has contributed more than $24 million to help promote U.S. Olympic athletes, including supplying advanced technology in swimming, skating, bobsled and now, track and field. “Part of our company’s ethos is to really become part of the culture” of countries where it sells cars, according to BMW VP Jack Pitney. Along with supplying aerodynamic advice and design, BMW has helped the USOC with fundraising efforts so athletes can concentrate on training and not have to worry about getting a job.

BMW Committed to Performance Sports

As a fixture in the racing community for decades, BMW has shown a true commitment to sports where endurance and technology combine to crown a winner. By designing a new wheelchair for the Paralympic team, BMW is just taking on another challenge not that different from solving problems on the European rally circuit. See what decades of design evolution have brought to America’s roadways with a visit to Chapman BMW.

435i ZHP Coupe

You can feel the perfect marriage of power and drivability when taking a corner in the new special edition 2016 BMW 435i ZHP Coupe. As you slightly let off the throttle coming into the turn, the suspension takes over, allowing you to smoothly transition into the curve. Powerful and true, you add an exclamation point as the road straightens out and you punch it. What makes this experience even more exquisite is the knowledge only 100 of these vehicles are available, and Chapman BMW in Chandler has one of them.

435i ZHP Coupe interior

Enthusiasts have long waxed poetic about the predecessor of the 435i ZHP, the E46 3-Series with the ZHP Performance Package. What makes the 2016 iteration stand out is the combination of the best off-the-shelf BMW Performanc  e parts, 100 percent factory production, and a more aggressive throttle mapping. This car is pure from the factory, with no add-ons at the port or the dealership.

435i ZHP Coupe engine

“This vehicle is definitely one for the BMW Performance connoisseur, notes  Chapman BMW Chandler sales professional Michael Boehm. “And, it has an advantage over the original ZHP. It comes standard with the M Performance Limited Differential.”

The Chandler BMW dealership’s model is Alpine White, and features a 3.0L Turbo Inline 6 that makes 300 hp mated to an 8-speed Steptronic Automatic transmission.  This 435i ZHP also includes the Track Handling Package, M Sport Package, BMW M Performance Parts and the aforementioned BMW M Performance Limited Slip Differential.

To schedule a test drive of this exclusive vehicle, visit www.chapmanbmw.com or call 1-800-721-1932.