THE BEST OF RUDY PROJECT TECHNOLOGY TESTED IN A WIND TUNNEL AND AT THE TOUR DE FRANCE.
WINGSPAN™ IS THE MOST AERODYNAMIC AND VERSATILE TIME TRIAL, TRIATHLON AND IRONMAN HELMET.
Maximum levels of research and development, use of advanced materials and technology, meticulous attention to detail.
WINGSPAN™ TT HELMET HAS BEEN TUNNEL TESTED BY THE GURU JOHN COBB TO VERIFY HIS AERODYNAMIC EFFICIENCY.
These are the Rudy Project "musts" that have given life to the brand new Wingspan helmet. Starting with its name, the Wingspan evokes the energy and freedom of flight which, translated into the language of sports, correspond to speed and lightness.
Designed for time trial competitions, this helmet is characterized by a contained and streamlined shape and has large ventilation slots that favor constant air circulation without harming the overall aerodynamics.
WINGSPAN™ VENTS ARE DESIGNED TO GUARANTEE A PERFECT VENTILATION.
Confirming the fact that Rudy Project always gives the best in order to offer the best technical solutions, Wingspan was tested in a wind tunnel in Charlotte, North Carolina. Under the expert attention of John Cobb, American aerodynamics guru in the cycling field, the Wingspan was subjected to numerous strict tests that made it possible to adopt all the measures necessary to optimize its performance. Extensive and attentive teamwork led to the fine tuning of all of its aspects, even the smallest, transforming them into precious seconds of advantage on the clock. Tests were then carried out directly in competition. In fact, at the last Tour de France Wingspan competed with some of the strongest cyclist.
THE CHAMPIONS OF THE LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE TEAM CHOSE TO WEAR THE AERODYNAMIC WINGSPAN™ HELMET.
Comfortable and versatile, the Wingspan may be used in various configurations: "closed," meaning with the protection of the front slot - also useful against insects - and the cover for the tail, necessary to obtain maximum aerodynamic performance; and "open," meaning without any protection or cover in order to ensure maximum internal ventilation.
WINGSPAN™ AERODYANAMIC EFFICENCY AND DRAG MINIMIZATION ASSURE BETTER PERFERMANCES IN TIME TRIAL RACES.
The structure is made with in-molding technology that makes this helmet very sturdy and at the same time among the lightest on the market (only 280 g).
WINGSPAN™ IS A SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TRIATHLON HELMET.
The height of the no-slip system is adjustable into three positions to ensure particularly ergonomic wearability.
AERODYNAMIC EFFICIENCY AND AIR FLOW VENTILATION - 40K TT TIME RACE SIMULATION.
Below are estimates of the aerodynamic efficiency and air flow ventilation of the different Wingspan configurations. Time refers to a simulation of a 40K TT time race represented by an elite rider with the height of 5’10’’ (178 cm) and weight of 160 lbs (72,5 kg) who averages 390 watts.
Simulation of a 40K TT time race as represented by an elite rider with the height of 5'10'' (178 cm) size and weight of 160 lbs (72,5 kg) who averages 390 watts. During the wind tunnel tests, John Cobb measured drag on riders with different back shapes, with different helmets and at different wind yaw angles. Then using mathematical calculations he estrapolated has estimated realistic times in a 40K TT race. The wind tunnel testing revealed that the Wingspan is the most aerodynamic and versatile helmet!
JOHN COBB AERODYNAMIC RESEARCHES HAS DEVELOPED A STREAMLINED AND COMPACT HELMET.
The venting geometry, venting orientation and venting location and the short and compact tail gave the Wingspan helmet the best performance for any head position (front-down tail-up or front-up tail-down), back shape (flat or U) and wind direction (a short tail offers less surface for the side wind drag). Literally, the Wingspan cut through the air with precision, ease and minimized wind drag.
The Wingspan offers a wide array of configurations through the use of the components within its aerodynamic kit (included: 2 front covers and 1 tail cover). From the wind tunnel results and data elaboration, we suggest basically 3 solutions: CLOSED, NET and OPEN.
YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CHOOSE THE CORRECT CONFIGURATION FOR EVERY CONDITION.
The CLOSED configuration offers the best aerodynamic efficiency but the least ventilation. It is recomended for short/medium competitions where timing is king.
The NET configuration is a very good compromise between ventilation and aerodynamics. It lets air go through the vents and cool the temperature while protecting the head against bugs and insects. It also maintains a very good aerodynamic efficiency.
The OPEN configuration is the best solution for long distances and/or hot weather conditions. The maximum ventilation is definitively needed for keeping the cyclist cool. Due to the longer racing time, a lower temperature outweights having the "max" aerodynamic advantage since it could affect a racers ability to compete over the long haul.
WINGSPAN™ NET CONFIGURATION.
FAQ - JOHN COBB ANSWERS
It seems like there is a trend within the industry where other Time Trial helmets tend to be large in size and include a visor. Why, then, is the Rudy Project Wingspan designed to be much smaller than most other Time Trial helmets and does not include a visor?
I am fairly certain that the other helmets were developed using "0" yaw primarily. This is done quite often because it is much less expensive in wind tunnel time. The large size of the helmet with visor works OK at "0" yaw because it acts as a shield to cover the shoulders. There was no concern for helmet ventilation or whether the helmet would be fast in several different positions. But we don't actually race in wind tunnels! The Wingspan was developed to work with any rider in any wind condition. By developing the more complex cuves along the bottom of the Wingspan helmet, we were able to more accurately direct the air down the center of the riders back and away from the shoulder sides. The shallow "valley" that is formed from just where the glasses fit, leading out to the upper vent help accelerate air off the riders face while adding much needed ventilation without causing extra drag. By developing a more efficient helmet shape that works at many angles of crosswind, it takes much pressure off of the riders neck, when doing long races such as an Ironman, this is very valuable to the riders comfort.
Why has the Wingspan been designed to have a small gap between the rider’s ears and the helmet’s ear covers?
The gap at the bottom of the ears was specifically designed to help with our goal of making a helmet that would work well with any shape shoulder or back. During earlier development, I used a Helium Bubble generator to study the flow characteristics around the cheekbones and jaw lines of many riders. This area is always problematic and effects how sunglasses fit, chin straps flow and how air will flow around the neck. A Helium Bubble generator makes very small bubbles that reflect light very well, this is used so you can see small directional changes at low wind speeds. The bottom 20mm of the helmet has a defined curve that pulls the air in around the neck, this acclerates the air down the back for riders with more rounded shoulders. The width over the upper ears is used to shield the shoulders of riders that have "square" type shoulders. This frontal gap is also aligned with the lower rear vents to help increase ventilation by pulling air off the front of the face. This area is one of the reasons that a face shield was not required, we achieved better ventilation by managing facial airflow. At the leading edge of the helmet, just above the riders eyes, there are two defined channels inside the helmet. These further guide the air off the face and help control sweat getting into the riders eyes.
Does the Wingspan work with different back shapes and riding positions?
Rudy made a helmet that works for every body shape, wind and weather conditions. Sure, there might be a couple of situations where another helmet is faster by a few seconds but Rudy developed a helmet that works so each individual rider doesn't have to go spend $2000.00 at a wind tunnel just to be sure. The Wingspan is going to be the best or very close to the best for each individual riders shape. No other TT helmet will be even close when you factor in the great ventilation system of the Wingspan. I am sure that there are many more triathletes than Tour de France or Giro d’Italia racers, Rudy made a helmet to address their needs.
Weight: 290gr / 10,2 oz
Certifications: CE89/686 EEC / EN 1078 / CPSC 12.03