zaterdag 28 maart 2009
BBC NEWS Wind-powered car breaks record: "A British engineer from Hampshire has broken the world land speed record for a wind-powered vehicle. Richard Jenkins reached 126.1mph (202.9km/h) in his Greenbird car on the dry plains of Ivanpah Lake in Nevada. Mr Jenkins told the BBC that it had taken him 10 years of 'hard work' to break the record and that, on the day, 'things couldn't have been better'. American Bob Schumacher set the previous record of 116 mph in 1999, driving his Iron Duck vehicle. 'It's great, it's one of those things that you spend so long trying to do and when it actually happens, it's almost too easy,' Mr Jenkins told the BBC. The Greenbird is a carbon fibre composite vehicle that uses wind (and nothing else) for power. The only metalwork used is for the wing bearings and the wheel unit."