GIN’s new GTO 2 is an EN-D certified, high-performance lightweight wing, developed from their X-Alps research and with design features from the Boomerang. It is aimed at ambitious and experienced cross country pilots.
GIN say the GTO 2 will appeal to pilots transitioning from sports class, and competition pilots who wish to fly a more compact wing within a wider comfort zone.
GTO—Gran Turismo Omologato—denotes a street-legal race car. GIN’s original GTO was conceived in this spirit back in the days of the serial class.
The GTO 2 weighs a quoted 4.26kg in the M size. Lighter gliders mean better flying characteristics, say GIN. They say this compact glider is precise to turn, has good slow-speed control (great for tricky outlandings) and exceptional climb rate. It also has an aspect ratio “close to 7”, so good glide performance.
Design features include:
- 3 lines spanwise / 3 risers
- Optimized airfoil with Equalized Pressure Technology (EPT) for stability and performance
- Fully unsheathed lines (mix of Aramid and Dyneema)
- Optimized internal construction and line attachment points to maintain even sail tension
- Mini-ribs on the trailing edge improve handling and performance
- Kickdown speed system with Harken pulleys
- Gathering (reefing) system on the trailing edge
- Optional pulley-less Dyneema riser for additional weight savings
It’s ready now in sizes S,M and L with an XS size to follow.
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