Watch the story of wingsuit pilot Peter Salzmann, and his quest to build the world’s first electrified wingsuit — that took him to the top of the world. It’s a dream of flying that goes back to his childhood, and a path filled with obstacles on the way to success.Salzmann has dreamt of flying since he was a little boy, jumping from anything in sight and landing on mattresses or pillows beneath him. “To me, it’s all about doing things that lie close to my heart,” the 33-year-old daredevil says. “Still, I always knew there was more.”
The work to develop the electrified wingsuit with BMW i engineers would allow Salzmann to fly like never before. But as the plan got ever more concrete, the first challenges started popping up. But that’s part of the game when the stakes are high. If you want to change the world around you, it’s not supposed to be easy.
The electric wingsuit is powered by two encased carbon propellers, each delivering a power output of 7.5 kW, a speed of around 25,000 rpm and a total output of 15kW, which is available for approximately five minutes.
After months of frustration, finally: relief. Salzmann and his electrified wingsuit found their way back into the skies, with a new location at the “Drei Brüder” mountain range in Austria. The trials and planning became part of everyday life once again — and the rest, as they say, is history.//BMW