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Honda set the world’s first official land speed record for a Formula 1 car at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA, on Monday morning.
The team’s long-awaited Bonneville 400 run, in which a race-legal 2005 BAR-Honda ran along a seven mile-long salt straight, saw the car clock an aggregate speed of 220.571mph over two runs of a measured mile.
As well as setting the new record, Honda broke the best time for its class of vehicle and also achieved a new best speed of 355.499kph for the flying kilometre.
The man behind the wheel of the 007, South African Alan van der Merwe, was delighted to set the records after a difficult start.
“We’ve made huge progress today by setting this new benchmark for an F1 car,” he said.
“On my first runs this morning, I doubted we could do it because the surface was so slippery.
“I had a spin or two, but the salt surface came to us and we were able to set this new record.”
However the ultimate goal of the project is to break the 400kph barrier and the team will go for that target again on Tuesday.
Van der Merwe added that the fact that the team couldn’t hit the mark on day one was a sign of how difficult it is to achieve.
“We haven’t done 400kph yet though, which is our ultimate target,” he said.
"In a way it’s quite nice we didn’t, because it shows that this is a genuine challenge and not just a case of us turning up, nailing it and going home.
“You have to work for every extra mile an hour here and we may not break the 400 mark, but that’s still our goal.”
Excellent, now perhaps that team can come over to F1 and help Nick Fry kick his Honda in the pants...
EDIT: Mods, I wasn't sure if this went her or in F1 Discussions...it seemed to fit here.
Edited by Autumnpuma, 19 July 2006 - 05:44 AM.