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Windjet to Attempt Land Record in March

  • Sunday, 5th March 2006
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The Windjet wind power speed record team will return to America in Mid march, to be on Land record standby from March 20th, for a period of 6 weeks.

Windjet is a campaign to break three Wind Powered World Speed Records on land, ice and water, using wind power alone. Green Marine built the original Windjet land craft and is still closely involved with the project. Travelling at five times the wind speed on land and up to 9 times on ice, the Windjet craft are claimed to be some of the most efficient vehicles on the planet.

After several months in Nevada waiting for the right conditions for an attempt on the Land Record which is 116.7 mph (USA) set in 1999, the team is now back at their UK base. The next attempt for the record will be in March 2006 at Ivanpah Dry lake, 40 km south west of Las Vegas.

The project is the culmination of several years of design and development and will challenge the land, ice and water speed records for wind powered vehicles. The story of Windjet started almost ten years ago, when two ‘sailors’ were on a cycling holiday in the Outer Hebrides. These ‘sailors’ were Bill Green, owner and director of Green Marine, and Peter Whipp, a close friend and sailing colleague.

Faced with a huge expanse of open sand, the idea was born to create a composite land yacht, which after a few months and many beers, progressed into a record breaking machine. Peter, an engineer himself, draughted in James Labouchere, an Aeronautical Engineer, to assist with the design and together they developed the concepts for the land yacht which was then constructed at Green Marine’s Lymington facility. After thorough static tests that loaded the vehicle to simulated speeds far in excess of the current record, the craft was tested, proving her power, efficiency and record breaking potential. However, the opportunity did not arise to make an official challenge on the record.

Richard Jenkins, project director and pilot, was at school during the construction but was closely involved with Green Marine and the testing of the vehicle. On leaving college, Richard returned to Green Marine and started in earnest on a thorough development programme to bring the vehicle up to record breaking condition, in preparation for an attempt on the world record.

The Records to break;

Land: 116.7 mph (USA) set in 1999
Ice: 143 mph (USA) set in 1938

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