After four years of intensive research, BMC and Red Bull Advanced Technologies present the results of a joint project to develop the fastest racing bike in the world.
In 2018, BMC collaborates with Red Bull Advanced Technologies for the first time. The objective is then to use the tools developed to boost the performance of Formula 1 cars in order to improve the design and construction of high performance bicycles.
Using advanced simulation and modeling capabilities from Red Bull Advanced Technologies, BMC designers were able to optimize the speed, power and ride quality of the bikes. The project has benefited from the support and expertise of one of BMC’s greatest ambassadors, Olympic medalist and multiple Tour de France stage winner, Fabian Cancellara.
The time trial legend was involved in all stages of development, providing valuable feedback on the ride quality and performance of the prototypes.
Fabian Cancellara :
Two worlds revolving around different sports have merged to create something unique in cycling. To be involved from the very beginning of the project and to be able to continuously test the interface of the athlete and his machine, was a fascinating experience. It was amazing to be involved in the development of a state-of-the-art bike, employing a rather radical approach and with a real opportunity to influence performance from a rider’s perspective. The final prototype is amazing and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ expertise in simulation is very complementary to our own expertise in designing and building a bike. Being able to simulate not just the performance of the vehicle but that of its overall environment opens up incredible possibilities for collaboration and ultimately allows BMC athletes to be even faster. In addition, we are fortunate to be able to build our prototypes in our own Impec Lab here in Switzerland, in Granges, which allows us to move quickly through the development stages while realizing our exact vision of the bike in question.
This research has led to an aerodynamic design philosophy that pushes the boundaries of performance at all levels. No figures are given by the brand in terms of aero gains, but one thing is certain, this bike will be reserved for triathlon competitions, since it does not fall within the legal UCI framework.
At BMC, we strive to continuously innovate to maximize the rider’s experience. This project has already yielded incredible results, showing how Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ capabilities have boosted BMC’s research and development. High performance is simply in both of our DNA. This prototype is truly the first Formula 1 bike ever made and is sure to have a huge impact on our future competition bikes.
Coming straight from the famous BMC Impec Lab, the first test of this project will make its competitive debut at the 2021 Ironman World Championships in St-George, USA, with member of the BMC Pro Triathlon Team and athlete Red on board. Bull Patrick Nilsson.
Andy Damerum, Commercial Development Officer chez Red Bull Advanced Technologies conclut :
We started with the ambition to design the fastest bike in the world. We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished with BMC. We’ve taken our aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) skills and methodologies from Formula 1 and applied them to cycling, resulting in a truly game-changing new bike.