Worn by Cameron Wurf to set a new bike course record in Kona, Castelli pulled out all the stops in the development of the PR Speed Suit.
November 6, 2018 | GEAR|
The new race suit from Castelli was developed with engineers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. Much of the development work for the PR Speed Suit (the PR stands for Personal Record, of course) was done in the wind tunnel, but also with the help of CFD analysis. The project team had permanent access to the wind tunnel and did not have to book appointments on a daily or long-term basis (as would be typical for most other projects), which sped up development, according to the folks from Castelli.
The project included testing of various materials and surfaces. Aero-optimizing details were perfectly coordinated, even down to the placement of the seams. Once that was dialed in, the next step included tests with models of athletes on bicycles. The final step included tests with Kona bike course record holder Cameron Wurf.
Wurf wore the suit, which was "optimized for a speed of 45 km/h," according to Castelli, to set another bike course record in Kona this year. Even assuming that we all don't bike as fast as Wurf, the suit is felt to be considerably faster than anything that Castelli has been able to test in the past. The price is expected to be between 300 and 350 Euros. The suit will be available next spring both as a individual item as as part of Castelli's custom collection.