Sunday, March 29, 2009
New Record For Wind-Powered Car
Who would have thought a 30 mile-per-hour wind (and only that) could power a land vehicle to over 126 miles-per-hour? But that's just what happened last Thursday, when the Greenbird (pictured above) set a new world record of 126.1 mph on the dry lake-bed of Lake Ivanpah in California.
It's builder and driver is British engineer Richard Jenkins, and this was his fifth try at breaking the record. Greenbird is built of a carbon composite and is powered by a hard flat sail. The vehicle is so efficient it can travel at 3 to 5 times the actual wind speed.
The old record was 116 mph, set in March of 1999 by American Bob Schumacher in his wind-powered vehicle called Iron Duck.