Gin have created a slightly tamed version of their Boomerang 7 competiton paraglider: the Boomerang GTO is a race machine that is certified EN / LTF D, yet has “the performance of last season’s competition wings”.
Ferrari first invented the term GTO (Gran Turismo Omologato) to define a racing car that had been made street-legal; that’s the idea Gin had with first the Boomerang Sport, and now the GTO. With no compromises on safety or handling, Gin say they have designed a performance glider that is a fun and confidence-inspiring ‘street legal’ machine.
The Boomerang GTO is intended for experienced, high-level pilots who fly at least 80 hours per year. These pilots will be able to use its full performance potential whilst enjoying its handling. Gin believe a pilot must feel comfortable on his wing in order to fly well, so have made the Boomerang GTO easy to handle and stable with predictable reactions.
The company say there has been a huge leap in performance and behaviour of the GTO over the Sport. The new wing has a higher wingspan but smaller suface area than its predecessor. Despite having more cells, diagonals, tapes and reinforcements it is also lighter, thanks to lighter cloth being used on the undersurface and a new, lighter material for the line attachment reinforcements. Plastic battens replace Mylar in the leading edge, and the mid and upper kevlar lines are unsheathed. Being lighter aids performance, handling and feedback in the air, as well as pleasing pilots who like to walk to launch.
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