Over 150 high-definition cameras captured the rider and his bike for generating a 3D model of them.

Czech cyclist Pavel Kelemen will soon begin competition on the Olympic bike track, and he’ll have some automotive know-how from Škoda at his disposal when challenging other riders. The automaker used tech usually reserved for fine-tuning automotive aerodynamics, and it helped Kelemen find the perfect riding position for slicing through the air.

Škoda first used 150 high-definition cameras and generated 3D models of Kelemen on his bike. The company then evaluated this data in a computational fluid dynamics simulation, which showed the wind currents that developed around him while riding. The engineers found that if Kelemen adjusted his posture on the cycle there would be less air resistance. By combining that information with Kelemen’s physical training and knowledge as a racer, it could be enough to earn him a medal.

Kelemen will begin his Olympic competition in the men’s cycling sprint. He’ll also take part in the men’s keirin. This odd event challenges riders to keep pace behind an gradually accelerating electric motorcycle for several laps, and then they have to race hard for the finish line when it moves aside.

Škoda is hardly the first automaker to give Olympians engineering aid. For example, the United States Paralympic Team is using a BMW-designed racing wheelchair this year. Previously, McLaren helped with British team’s bobsled, and Ferrari assisted the Italian squad with several designs.


Source: Skoda

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