Photos: BMW S1000RR WSBK Hits the Wind Tunnel

11/16/2010 @ 11:07 am, by Jensen Beeler4 COMMENTS

As the BMW World Superbike team prepares for the 2011 season, Leon Haslam and Troy Corser took a break from their training regiment to spend some time in BMW’s wind tunnel facility in Bavaria. Looking to hone the maximum performance out of the S1000RR, both riders worked on their optimal streamlined body positions in speeds up to 150 mph. The BMW WSBK team also looked at the S1000RR’s fairing, examining how to optimize the bike’s Cx or coefficient of drag (we assume any modifications that were made were WSBK legal of course).

The team will get to test its results later this month in Jerez, and in the meantime Haslam and Corser will be shipped off to a BMW fitness training bootcamp with fellow BMW riders James Toseland and Ayrton Badovini from the BMW Italia squad, along with members of the BMW Enduro team. We don’t like the sound of this training camp, but BMW has given us 12 high-quality shots of the S1000RR in the wind tunnel, which we enjoyed.

Source: BMW Motorrad

  • Cool – thanks. It would be interesting to note any differences of the wind’s impact when another bike is placed a bit in front. Not that BMW will not ever be out front, but to optimize drafting…and passing

  • Steve

    Umm That looks more like an anechoic chamber (sound) then a aerodynamic test wind tunnel.
    But some interesting marketing images never-the-less

  • hoyt

    BMW may be using the same space for various purposes. “Akustik Windkanal”. Turn the wind on/off depending on the need.

  • Roost

    It’s interesting how the shape of Corser’s Shark prevents him tucking down lower compared to Haslam’s Arai.