Scots team attempts speed record

A team is set to make Scotland's first attempt at smashing the one-litre world land speed record.

The Speed Scotland team will try to beat the 12-year record of 313mph (505kph) when it performs in the Salt Flats of Utah at the Bonneville Speed Week.

Derek Palmer, who runs Pro Motorsport in Lesmahagow, manages the team, which includes his 23-year-old son, also named Derek, and Switzerland-based Rick Pearson, 35.

Their streamliner car, named Flower of Scotland, has controls consisting only of a steering wheel with a CO2 power shift button, two parachute levers, three fire extinguisher levers, accelerator, clutch and brake.

The driver has to lie flat to get in and slide up the seat to jam his head into a roll cage, while an overhead display shows water and oil temperature as well as infra-red images of the engine bay in the event of a methanol fire.

Mr Palmer said: "We have a three-year plan to break the world land speed record and will endeavour to shortcut this if humanly possible.

"If the driver is brave enough, we are confident is within our reach."

The team is a former winner of various British and European Championships, including the last FIA European Michelin Supertouring Championship in 2001.

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