The First Electric Wingsuit Reaches Speeds of 186 MPH



BMW is taking passengers to new heights with the first electric driving system for a wingsuit that hits speeds of 186 mph. For comparison, traditional suits only reach 62 mph. The design is the brain child of professional skydiver Peter Salzmann, who worked with the German carmaker to bring the vision from a drawing to the first flight test. A chest mount is strapped to the suit that houses two carbon propellers that deliver a power of 7.5 kW, a speed of around 25,000 rpm and a total output of 15 kW, which is available for five minutes. For the maiden flight, Salzmann was brought 10,000 feet into the air over the Alps mountain range. After the jump, the daredevil soared towards the direction of the mountain, hit a thruster on the suit and zoomed across the peak in steep flight.