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Week in pictures: The BMW of bobsleds

  • Slippery in Sochi

    With the 2014 Winter Olympics weeks away, BMW has launched a marketing campaign highlighting its design studios’ efforts to reimagine the US two-man bobsled. In collaboration with the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, BMW Global DesignWorks USA – the carmaker’s California-based design consultancy – worked to increase the sled’s aerodynamics and reduce weight. The resulting sled, which the US men will use to try to break a 78-year gold medal drought in the event, has run tests throughout 2013.

    BMW is not the only prestigious automotive marque kicking up ice in Russia. Ferrari designed the sled for Italy’s two-man squad, making extensive use of its expertise in carbon-fibre construction. (Photo: BMW Group)

  • The $75,000 Camaro

    On 3 January, General Motors revealed pricing for the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, the long-running muscle car’s track-oriented variant introduced at the 2013 New York auto show. With a starting price of $75,000, the Z/28 is among the most uncompromised vehicles from a major brand, eschewing comforts such as air conditioning and a serviceable audio system for a hand-built 7-litre 505-horsepower V8 engine, racing-derived suspension equipment and Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires. Customers who want air conditioning and a six-speaker audio system can have them for $1,150 above the car’s base price. Chevrolet will introduce the Z06, a track-optimised version of its all-new Corvette sports car, at the 2014 Detroit auto show on 13 January, with pricing to be announced at a later date. (Photo: General Motors)

  • Kia sends a Stinger to Detroit

    Ahead of its official debut on 13 January at the 2014 Detroit auto show, Kia teased its coming GT4 Stinger, a performance-oriented rear-wheel-drive concept car powered by a turbocharged 2-litre 315-horsepower engine. Though Kia has yet to disclose the body style for the concept, the Korean automaker notes that it will make extensive use of LEDs and wear the brand’s signature grille. At the 2013 Geneva motor show, Kia courted unforeseen controversy by naming a sporting concept the Provo, shorthand for the Provisional Irish Republican Army. (Photo: Kia Motor)

  • Ford follows the sun

    As our BBC News colleagues reported, Ford Motor is readying a solar-powered prototype version of its C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, to be exhibited at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ford claims that the prototype, which will harness energy via roof-mounted photovoltaic panels, would achieve identical driving range to that of the conventional C-Max Energi, or roughly 620 miles, after a collecting a day’s worth of energy. (Photo: Ford Motor)

  • BMW and Toyota link up for sports-car project

    Speaking to reporters from Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, a BMW product development executive confirmed that the Munich-based automaker would collaborate with Japan’s Toyota to develop a chassis for a future sports car. The mid-size platform would underpin two distinct cars, the executive said, “that are authentic to the two brands”. Joint development of vehicle platforms is a growing trend, with Mazda and Fiat’s Alfa Romeo collaborating on a compact sports-car platform. Above, the Toyota GT86, marketed in the US as the Scion FR-S, which was jointly developed with Subaru. (Photo: Toyota Motor Sales)