A British man named Richard Jenkins has just broken the world land speed record for a wind-powered vehicle. The high-tech contraption he used is called the Greenbird, the fifth wind-powered vehicle Jenkins has built. The resourceful Brit designed Greenbird himself over the course of a decade and built the machine almost completely from carbon fiber. Interestingly, Greenbird was sponsored by Ecotricity, the company currently working to build an electric Lotus that will be charged using electricity generated from the wind.
On a dry lake bed in Nevada, Jenkins managed to get his wind-powered vehicle up to an amazing 126.1 miles per hour, handily breaking the old record of 116 mph, which was set in 1999 by an American named Bob Schumacher. According to Jenkins, the event itself was rather uneventful, saying, "things couldn't have gone better." That's great, 'cause a machine like this traveling at that rate of speed sure sounds like it could be dangerous.
Now that Jenkins has successfully broken the elusive record, he's reportedly turning his attention to the ice. "There's still some debate as to whether traveling on ice or land will be faster," he said. Should be interesting to find out, no? Thanks for the tip, teeb!