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Racing Wheelchair, 2016

This is a Racing wheelchair. It was designed by Designworks Los Angeles Studio and manufactured by Designworks, a BMW Company.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Designworks, a BMW Company as part of Access+Ability.

It is dated 2016. Its medium is carbon fiber, aluminum, titanium, 3d-printed parts.

Collaborating with Paralympic athletes, BMW Designworks improved aerodynamics and ergonomics in their racing wheelchairs. Everything from the cockpit to the steering arm was customized using 3D scans and body measurements. BMW Designworks created this racer that can reach more than 20 miles per hour. Tatyana McFadden and Chelsea McClammer won gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the 2016 Summer Paralympics using this design.

It is credited Lent by Designworks.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 66 × 182.9 × 61 cm (26 in. × 6 ft. × 24 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Access+Ability.

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