A lot of talent came together at the wind tunnel with professional triathlete Patrick Lange (3rd place at Ironman World Championships in Kona 2016), Aerodynamic Expert Jean-Paul Ballard from Swiss Side (Nr. 1 in aerodynamics) and professional photographer Thomas Stöckli (Swiss Advertising Photographer of the year in 2014).
The focus for the wind tunnel test with Patrick Lange was set on the comparison of helmets in particular his new Ekoi prototype helmet, race-suit testing, as well as different hand and body positions. Always with one goal in mind to reduce drag and increase speed!
…and yes, Patrick Lange will be ready for the Ironman World Championship race in Kona. The new Ekoi prototype helmet confirms to be a good improvement for Patrick, compared to the helmet he wore in Kona last year. The total improvement of Patrick’s new helmet and new Fusion race-suit summed up to a total of 15.5 W in drag reduction. This translates a time saving of about 8.5 minutes on the 180km bike course in Kona. We also tested different hand and body positions. The know-how gained during the wind tunnel testing will be very valuable for Patrick Lange, when put into action during his upcoming races.
At the end, the day was very productive for all three experts. Patrick Lange and his improved bike-rider system, Swiss Side for collecting more data with pro-athletes, and Thomas Stöckli with some new potentially award winning photos!
Photos: Thomas Stöckli