Briton captures green speed record

A brave engineer from Britain has climbed into what has been described as a stretched missile with a giant fin to smash the world land speed record for wind-powered vehicles.

Richard Jenkins has become the fastest naturally-powered human on earth after reaching 126.1mph in the Ecotricity Greenbird.

The Greenbird reached the record speed by harnessing winds of just 30mph on the dry bed of Lake Ivanpah on the border of California and Nevada in the US.

Using technology normally found in aircraft and Formula 1 cars, the team beat the previous American-held record of 116mph by Bob Schumacher in the Iron Duck almost 10 years.

Mr Jenkins said: "It has been an incredibly difficult challenge. Half the challenge is technical, having to create a more efficient vehicle than the previous record holder, then the rest is luck, being in the right place, at the right time, to get the perfect conditions, with the right people watching.

"I must have been on record standby at some remote location around the world for at least two months of every year for the past 10 years."

He said that the Greenbird, supported by green energy company Ecotricity, performed "amazingly", adding that he was "absolutely delighted".

The rules state that the vehicle must not carry any stored energy, must run on a natural surface and must start from rest with no assistance other than a human push.

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