Brit duo blame global warming for failure to break wind-powered vehicle land-speed recordSeptember 12th, 2008 - 4:24 pm ICT by ANI
London, September 12 (ANI): An attempt to break the world land-speed record for a wind-powered vehicle has failed due to bad weather conditions, which the Brit duo attribute to global warming.
Dale Vince and Richard Jenkins said that uncharacteristic heavy rain over Lake LeFroy, a 500 sq km salt lake in Western Australia, had left their attempt high and dry.
The two Britons had hoped to see their carbon-neutral vehicle, Greenbird, beat the record of 187kmph.
Lake LeFroy is normally dry at this time of year. However, this time there was heavy rain and no wind.
Owing to the weather situation there, the Greenbird team eventually had to give up.
Writing on the Greenbird website blog, Vince said that they were disappointed not to have even got out of the starting blocks.
“It’’s an irony not lost on us while that while Greenbird is intended to show how the world might be getting around when fossil fuels run out - the changes that fossil fuels are causing to our climate right now appears to be the very thing that has stopped us,” the BBC quoted him as writing.
In the next 20 years, I firmly believe that wind power will be our main energy source and wind-powered cars will no longer be the stuff of dreams,” he added.
The Greenbird team will now attempt the world ice yacht speed record in 2009 in Canyon Ferry Reservoir, Montana, US, followed by a run at the world record for a wind-powered ice craft which is currently 84mph (135km/h).
The Britons have taken their inspiration from Bluebird, the car of land-speed record holder Donald Campbell. (ANI)
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