Originally Posted by gbubnis
I thought they said some top guys were hitting 98 mph in the Wengen training runs too. I might have it confused with one of the other recent downhills though.
Regardless, 102 MPH is rediculous.
This is correct. they clocked people in the speed trap in the 95-98 mph range in the Wengen DH training runs. You don't need all the aero fairings etc. That said, you do need a hill a whole lot steeper than Frenchman, and you probabkly need to be wind tunnel tested to get a proper tuck to allow those speeds.
By the way, 160 mph is not only possible in places like the Les Arc speed hill, but it's proven. I'm not sure what the fastest speed is these days, but it was in the 150s a decade ago.
Oh, and "terminal velocity" is a farce. It's based on sky diving in the standard sky diving position (whatever it's called), and wearing a loose sky diving suit. I watched a speed sky diving competition on OLN, and with the right rubber suit, and a head-first, arms back positon, they were hitting 300mph (or dang close to it).