Monday, August 28, 2006

How Fast?

There is no airbag in case of mishaps. "People have looked into safety measures,
but whichever way you look at it, it doesn't really add up. In a car the main
thing is to keep it on its wheels. If it's still shiny side up, then all your
other problems are minor," said Green.

That quote is from The Guardian's story about the world land speed record attempt for diesel powered vehicles. You know that you're attempting something serious when the best discussion of safety measures comes up with, "You're toast."

The vehicle is fitted with two JCB444 digger engines. They are the same engines which power more than half of the company's production road building equipment. On last Tuesday the team broke its own record with a timed average run of 350.092 mph at Bonneville.

The best part of the video is hearing driver Andy Green say that they haven't used full throttle yet, nor have they used high gear. Once they get the tires figured out they expect to do much better.

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