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PES at the TdF Grand Depart

Jul 3, 2014 | Aerodynamics, Automotive, Engineering, Formula One

With the advanced sports technology on view to the world through the teams competing in the Tour de France it is no surprise that Performance Engineered Solutions (PES) are represented at the major business events linked to the Tour’s Grand Depart.

Today and tomorrow (3rd & 4th July) PES are exhibiting as part of the Grand Départ International Business Festival at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Sheffield, before taking part in the VIP Area near the Finish Line of the Sunday stage.

Amongst the projects displayed by PES is the new Ribble 883 Aero bike, which has been designed, modelled and tested in conjunction with PES Performance. Hours of advanced computer simulations have resulted in a frameset of varying aerodynamic profiles.

Each profile is optimised to reduce turbulence across a wide range of wind directions (yaw angles). At the same time a proprietary blend of Toray T800 and T1000 composites ensures the frameset is both light, yet stiff and with precision handling.

Also on display is the epic DR-Moto GP Track Bike. PES have worked with on the aerodynamic package for the project which has designed & manufactured a MotoGP eligible specification bike, bringing Grand Prix level technology & performance to the enthusiast rider.

With 198 bhp and a weight of only 160 kg, the bike has a Power:Weight Ratio double that of the Bugatti Veyron (equating to 1250 bhp/tonne verses 626 bhp/tonne) and can be yours in its basic specification for only £90,000.

The stand also features a piece of Formula One history with the original wind tunnel model of Michael Schumacher’s first Ferrari F1 car, the 1996 F310. The model is 50% scale & was used in the development of the car’s aerodynamic performance.

Dan Fleetcroft, Engineering Design Director at PES worked with F1 design legend John Barnard, when Barnard was Head of Engineering for the Ferrari team.

Michael Schumacher first drove the F310 to victory at the Spanish Grand Prix. He went on to claim two further race wins with the car during the 1996 season at Spa-Francorchamps and Monza.

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