Speedo LZR Racer: Record Breaking Suit

April 16, 2008

The Speedo LZR Racer is causing much stir among the swimming world, with since the introduction of the suit, it has already enabled dozens of world records being shattered. See photos and video of the Speedo LZR below.

The Speedo LZR Racer worked with NASA in developing the suit, and using space age technology has clearly helped in designing the “fastest swimsuit ever created”. Speedo describes the suit as “the world’s lightest, most powerful and water repellent swim fabric.” Just what is it about this suit? It is totally seamless, which reduces any lines that cause drag. According to swimmers, the LZR Racer has a girdle-like structure that holds the swimmer in the best position while he or she moves in the water.

Records are being broken daily and more and more swimmers are making the switch, including Eric Vendt, who is hoping to make it to his third Olympics and get that gold medal he’s been wanting after having won two silvers prior at the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympics.

Compared to a normal training suit, the Speedo LZR Racer boasts:

10% less passive drag than the Speedo Fastskin FSII
5% less passive drag than the Fastskin FS-Pro
5% better oxygen efficiency, enabling swimmers to swim faster and longer
4% faster in starts, springs and turns

Just how many records will be broken this summer at the Beijing Olympics? It will be interesting to watch…

More photos and video of the Speedo LZR Racer are below.

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