September 24, 2002

Final Touches in Audi Wind Tunnel: Sweden´s Male Skiers Test in Ingolstadt

For the women´s alpine skiers, the ski-jumpers and the Nordic Combined competitors of the German Ski Association (DSV), tests in the Audi wind tunnel are a permanent fixture in preparing for the season. Now for the first time the Swedish men´s alpine skiers utilise Audi know-how.

Ski suits, helmets, glasses, poles, gliding position - the Swedish men´s national ski team put the entire aerodynamic package to the test in Audi´s wind tunnel at Ingolstadt. The Swedish alpine skiers took a lot of time in testing the new racing suits: "Here we see a great deal of potential for improvement," says Florian Winkler, trainer of the Swedish men´s team in SuperG, GS and downhill disciplines. "For us it´s basically similar to motorsport. We constantly try new material and attempt to put together a good package for each sportsperson," said Winkler.

Fredrik Nyberg, Sweden´s medal hope in GS and SuperG for the world championship in February 2003, hopes to find the perhaps decisive tenth of a second through these tests. "And hopefully to be up the front in the end," says Nyberg with his sights set on the world championship in St. Moritz. Dr. Stefan Dietz, Head of the Audi wind tunnel centre, calculates for his guests that this is possible: A one percent improvement in aerodynamics means Nyberg would gain three tenths of a second when racing downhill at a speed of 100 kph over a 1.8 kilometre long run.

Audi Sweden has been a partner of the Swedish alpine ski team since 1997. The Swedish Audi importer made the contact to Audi´s wind tunnel centre in Ingolstadt. "In the speed disciplines I strongly expect to see great leaps forward. In the future we hope to find the opportunity to run such tests every year," says Sweden´s head coach alpine men, Christopher Granberg.