The Bonneville 400 attempts got ever closer on Wednesday when Alan van der Merwe broke the 400kph barrier, setting a speed of 400.459kph at 0721 on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Unfortunately, to officially set the record, the team needed to do a similar speed on the return run, but only managed an aggregate speed of 393.613kph.
Alan van der Merwe said:
Although we were happy yesterday with 392kph, 400 has always been the magical number, and having done it in one direction, it must be possible to do it in both.
The team are delighted at having set another record, but will make further attempts as they refine the gear ratios on the 2005 race-legal BAR Honda.