Photos: a BMW S1000RR in a wind tunnel

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Troy Corser and Leon Haslam spent yesterday afternoon in a full racing tuck with a 150mph headwind. The two SBK racers were individually tweaking their riding positions to find maximum aerodynamic gain and experimenting with new windshield shapes.

“The positions of the head and the upper body, of elbows, knees and feet can have an enormous influence on the drag, and subsequently on lap times,” said Rainer Bäumel, the BMW SBK team’s technical director. Of course, there is not one position that is the optimum for all riders, because it all depends on so many different individual factors, beginning with height and stature. The intensive work in the wind tunnel enabled Troy and Leon to find out what riding position is the best for them personally.”

Of course, this is just an excuse for us to run 11 high-res photos of a BMW S1000RR in a wind tunnel, enjoy.

  • noone1569

    How the hell do they see out of their helmet? I can’t see shit when I tuck. . .

    • Wes Siler

      All you need is a tiny bit of vision just below the top of your visor aperture and through the top of the screen. It looks/sounds dramatic, but once you’ve done it a few times it’s no big deal.

  • CG

    After watching WSBK for the last couple of years, even live a couple of times, may I suggest to BMW hq that straight line speed wasn’t really the problem with the bike? How about the tires going south after about the half way mark? Watching the BMWs go backward through the field was the most typical aspect of EVERY WSBK race. Or was it just Troy? Given the guy who won the whole shebang wasn’t exactly a spring chicken I don’t think it was age. Of course Ruben just saved himself the trouble by crashing out of most races…..

    • mugget

      I’ve heard enough – you’re just trying to stop us from looking at the S1000RR in a wind tunnel photos… and a thinly veiled attempt I will add. You’re not fooling me!