Toshiba supports the "Shitamachi Bobsleigh."
What is the Shitamachi Bobsleigh?
"The Shitamachi Bobsleigh is a project which aims to support the Japan National Bobsleigh Team by developing a sled that is manufactured entirely by Japanese in Japan, specifically led by a network of small and medium-sized enterprises in the Ota Ward.
There are 2- and 4-man bobsleds, and the Shitamachi Bobsleigh project is currently developing a 2-man bobsled."
What is bobsleigh?
Bobsleigh is a winter Olympic event and is a popular sport in Europe and U.S.A. Sometimes referred to as "F1 on Ice," the sport involves a sled team that rides in a specially designed and shaped sled. The sled races down a course made of ice to clock the fastest time possible, reaching a maximum of 130-140 km/h.
Who manufactures sleds?
Prominent companies in Europe and America strive to develop the best sleds. For example, Ferrari makes the sled for the Italian national team, BMW makes the German team’s sled, and NASA makes the American team’s sled. Up until now, Japan has been competing by getting and modifying the existing or old sleds of powerhouse countries, and they have even competed and trained with sleds that were rented locally.
"Shitamachi Bobsleigh" is a network of factories, workshops and companies in the Ota Ward of Tokyo that have partnered together to try and develop the first Japan-made sled, with the goal of using it in the Olympics.