The D2Z Encapsulator Suit, billed as ‘the world’s fastest time-trial suit’, developed by Endura and Drag2Zero in the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 wind tunnel, has won a Eurobike Award.
The award helps support the D2Z Encapsulator Suit’s position in a competitive market for aerodynamic clothing. Supporting data compiled by leading aerodynamicist Simon Smart has helped demonstrate the suit’s credentials across a range of speeds.
“We adopted a fresh perspective and exploited a technology that none of our competitors was using,” explained Jim McFarlane, Founder and Managing Director of Endura. “The results have been phenomenal.”
He continued, “We’re extremely happy to have gained this recognition for work that has been ongoing for several years. A great deal of effort has been made by a wide group of staff in the design, development and production teams at our headquarters in Livingston, Scotland, and by Drag2Zero’s Simon Smart and his team of aerodynamics experts in Brackley, as well as by our roster of world class athletes.”
The award ceremony took place on Wednesday 30 August 2017, at the Eurobike trade show in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Six independent experts from the bicycle industry’s leading international design jury chose 43 products and 11 Gold Award winners from 458 submitted applications.
The D2Z Encapsulator Suit’s stand-out innovation – its exclusive, patent pending Silicone Surface Topography (SST) – has already been ridden to victories in the some of the most prestigious races in professional cycling, including Grand Tours and national time-trial titles, by Movistar Team and Cervélo Bigla.
In addition, early iterations of the D2Z Encapsulator Suit claimed UCI Hour Records. Alex Dowsett’s attempt at the men’s Hour Record in Manchester on 2 May 2015, and the new benchmark for the women’s Hour Record, established by Bridie O’Donnell in Adelaide on 22 January 2016, were significant milestones in the development of cycling’s fastest time-trial suit.
SST uses strategically-placed 3D chevrons to positively a?ect air?ow around the body, reducing drag at speeds relevant to the target rider. Optimised for a time-trial position, and for speeds between 46kph and 58kph, the D2Z Encapsulator Suit also boasts an integrated dossard pocket and a new, aero-specific iteration of Endura’s 1,000-series pad, specifically shaped for an aggressive riding position.
Endura and Simon Smart produced more than 80 iterations of the D2Z Encapsulator Suit, in their quest to supply the world’s fastest time-trial suit to Endura’s partners in the UCI WorldTour and the UCI Women’s WorldTour. Feedback from Movistar Team and from Cervélo Bigla, who between them can number four national time-trial champions, ‘has been instrumental to [product] development’.
The new Endura D2Z collection aims to establish a new standard for aerodynamic clothing, by measuring performance across a range of speeds rather than an isolated benchmark. Throughout its development, the collection has been tested. The resulting data and the Eurobike Award make a compelling case for Endura’s TT offering.
In addition to its UCI WorldTour and UCI Hour Record success, SST technology has netted a host of elite triathlon podiums, including Tim Don’s recent world record in an IRONMAN competition. Endura and Drag2Zero add that they are ‘proud to place this revolutionary technology in the hands of passionate amateurs who share our obsession with speed: time-trialists, triathletes and road riders’.