Cycling’s BMC And F1’s Red Bull Advanced Technologies Hint At Cycling Revolution

Swiss cycling brand BMC and U.K.-based Formula One motor racing team Red Bull Advanced Technologies have released a teaser video promising a “cycling revolution.”

In the video, former professional sprint cyclist Fabian Cancellara rides—fast—on an obscured road racing bicycle and ends by claiming that “if this works it’s going to change everything.”

BMC has been working with Aston Martin Red Bull Advanced Technologies for two years and the teaser video released on October 6 is the first communication about the collaboration since it was announced in 2018.

“After almost two years of intense research and development, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and innovative Swiss bike brand BMC have moved into the prototyping phase of their technology partnership,” said a joint announcement.

Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ Vehicle Science team has been helping BMC technicians with simulations of bike behavior based on data from Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) models.

The companies are enlisted Cancellara—an Olympic and World Champion—to validate and evaluate some of the first hardware developments produced by the partnership.

“It’s been fascinating to see what Formula 1 development techniques can bring to the field of bike design,” said Christian Horner, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Team Principal.

“We have developed some hugely innovative concepts and now it’s time to step up the pace of our collaboration and take those enormously exciting ideas to the next level in pursuit of the next generation of performance cycling.”

David Zurcher, CEO of BMC, agreed: “The ideas we’re working on truly have the capacity to significantly improve the entire experience of performance cycling.”

It’s unlikely the collaboration will see any actual products for some time but, interestingly, the UCI, the world governing body for cycling, has recently admitted it will be loosening some of its restrictive design rules next year.

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