Looking at the finished product of anything is always pretty cool, but we really like to know how our favourite football equipment came into being – where do the hours of development go? How do they keep making products better? And so on…
Well, the guys at Nike are obviously pretty pleased with the new T90 Tracer Football, as they’ve given us this brand new video, showcasing the new features of this year’s official match ball for the Premier League, La Liga & Serie A.
But not only that, the video also gives us a glimpse into how they go about testing & designing the football. In this video, you can check out the ball being cannoned across the testing facility, shot into targets and even see how they design the graphics on the new T90 Tracer football!
We think it’s pretty nifty – and even if you’re not going to shell out the £85 on the new T90 Tracer, you’ll definitely be impressed at the development that goes into it!
Here’s some of the features that Nike say make this ball the best in the World:
Extensive laboratory tests have found the T90 Tracer Football is more likely to hit its target than any other ball in the world.
The ball˘ micro-textured casing regulates airflow equally across its entire surface, giving it a more direct, arrow-like flight.
Testing at the Nike Advanced Innovation Lab found that on average, the T90 Tracer Football travels 6.8 meters further than the major competitor ball meaning players expend less energy kicking the ball greater distances.
Testing shows that the T90 Tracer Football consistently hits a 3-foot in diameter bulls-eye while the leading competitive ball hits a bulls-eye approximately 6-feet in diameter, showing the T90 Tracer is twice as consistent as the competition.
The unique 5-layer casing and construction of the T90 Tracer Football makes the ball easier to control for all players.
The Geo II configuration of the ball˘ 32 panels gives it a 360-degree sweet spot by evenly distributing pressure across the ball.
The 6-wing carbon latex air chamber provides the ball with its explosive acceleration on the ground or in the air.
The ball is incredibly durable and has a 2-year shape guarantee.
The engineered rubber response layer provides greater control of the ball as it absorbs and stores the energy of a pass or shot on impact before releasing it when it is moved on again.
The cross-linked nitrogen expanded foam ensures a consistent feel of the ball whatever the weather.
The T90 Tracer Football a colorful graphic scientifically proven to help players see and respond quickly to the ball better than ever before.
The high-contrast asymmetrical graphic generates a strong visual signal, which catches the peripheral vision and focuses the central vision quicker than any other ball.