BMW Preps for 2011 WSBK in the Wind Tunnel

BMW Preps for 2011 WSBK in the Wind Tunnel

Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport continues its preparation for the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship. Yesterday, works riders Troy Corser (AUS) and Leon Haslam (GBR) spent the afternoon in the BMW Group’s wind tunnel in Munich, Germany. The intention was to aerodynamically optimize the riding positions of Troy and Leon on their BMW S1000RR motorcycles. With simulated speeds up to 150 mph (240 km/h), they tried several different positions and body angles in order to find the ones that minimize drag as much as possible.

The team also worked on optimizing the aerodynamic efficiency of the wind shield of the 2011 BMW S1000RR. The data collected will be analyzed and the bike prepared for the next test that takes place at the end of November in Jerez.


“The riding position is a main factor for the aerodynamic efficiency of the overall package of rider and bike,” says Rainer Bäumel, Technical Director Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport. “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. 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.”

“At the same time we try to improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the bike as much as possible within the strict technical regulations,” Bäumel continues. “This is why we evaluated several different shapes and positions of the windshield. We collected a lot of valuable data that will help us with the set up of the bike for the next tests.”

Troy and Leon now continue their physical preparation for next season. From today on they are taking part in the BMW fitness camp, where they are joined by Team BMW Motorrad Italia SBK riders, James Toseland (GBR) and Ayrton Badovini (ITA), and BMW offroad riders.

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