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It's not only the Audi model series that are investigated, evaluated and optimised in Audi’s Wind Tunnel Centre. The performance of top-level athletes and the shape of their sports gear, such as skis, bobs and swimsuits, are also perfected here.
Fractions of a second can mean the difference between victory and defeat in high-performance sport. An optimised drag factor often delivers the necessary hundredths of a second – and that is why sports teams from around the world use the Audi Wind Tunnel Centre.
The wind tunnel as an ice track: the Swiss bobsleigh team experimented in the Audi wind tunnel in order to find the ideal seating position for the team, and to improve the shape of the bob.
Multiple Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe, who set a series of swimming world records, optimised his swimsuit in the Audi Wind Tunnel Centre. For this purpose the currents and turbulence, which are subject to the same physical principles in water, were analysed using special equipment.
The task facing the German Ski Association’s ski jumpers was to perfect their movements when taking off from the ski jump, then the subsequent flight.
In addition to the German Ski Association, the Swiss and Austrian Ski Associations also use the ideal testing conditions available in the Audi Wind Tunnel Centre. The German women’s alpine ski team members were particularly keen to discover what posture would be the most aerodynamic.