Nothing is left to chance in the world of motorsports. BMW have teamed up with Puma to drive this point home by unveiling a futuristic race suit which can transmit data between car and driver via Bluetooth technology.
The concept which includes a fully integrated suit, gloves, boots and helmet has been designed specifically for the CSL 3.0 Hommage R that was recently launched.
LED lights on the suit indicate when data is being transferred or when the driver’s gloves are holding the steering wheel. What data is being transferred exactly? Lots, according to BMW.
The suit uses advanced video projection in its helmet to display vital stats such as speed, RPM, gears, racing lines and critical braking points on a track. It’s basically like having a Gran Turismo race game on the novice setting with driver aids – but for the real world.
There’s also a secondary HUD display on the windscreen which projects less vital stats for the driver.
Global Creative Director of Puma, Torsten Hochstetter, says that the company is utilising this special suit to develop future integrations with race cars.
“We are constantly striving to innovate and develop new performance technologies and this project with BMW is a great example of what can be achieved,” Hochstetter said.
“The CSL 3.0 Hommage R Concept Driver outfit project allowed us to explore innovations that will bring key benefits in the future. The notion of a concept car was translated to the driver outfit and allowed our innovation team to explore the limits of what can be achieved. We are working on developing the performance innovations for integration into future Motorsport performance products.”
[via BMW Blog]