Rain sinks wind-power world record

Poor weather conditions have scuppered an attempt to break the world land-speed record by a wind-powered vehicle.

The Greenbird vehicle, designed by engineer Richard Jenkins, failed to break the record at Australia's Lake Lefroy after the region saw August's monthly average rain quota fall in just 12 hours.

He said: "After many years of unco-operative weather I am used to it by now, but it does not make it any the less frustrating."

Dale Vince, the managing director of green electricity company Ecotricity spent a month with Richard waiting for conditions to be right. He said: "It's an irony not lost on us 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 duo are already planning their next wind-powered record attempt when they will try to break the ice yacht speed record of 84mph next year.

Dale added: "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.

"At Ecotricity we are dedicated to making this a reality, and at the end of this year we will be able to share more about stage two of this project - a wind-powered super car for every day use."

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