Hard on the heels of a record Olympics for the Brits…….:)
I’m off to Oz in a few days to join the Greenbird team and attempt to take the world land speed record – powered only by the wind.
Greenbird, the awesome looking craft in the picture above, we named as a nod to Donald Campbell and his historic Bluebird. We reckon the world is at a watershed, the age of fossil fuels is passing and we’re moving (back) to the age of renewable energy – Greenbird symbolises this perhaps better then anything else.
Donald broke his records in the golden age of fossil fuels, the age of big engines and abundant, energy dense fuels. We’re going to break ours with no engine, no fuel and no pollution – using just the wind.
We’re trying to raise a serious question too. How are we all going to be getting around in a world without oil?
I reckon it’ll be with wind powered cars. Check out this illustration sent to us by Dave Mills, I think it’s really cool. Not exactly what we have in mind but really cool.
Greenbird is our F1 car, a highly technical, pretty impractical, single purpose thoroughbred machine, we know you couldn’t go to the shops in. But we have a second generation wind car on the way – that you could use day to day. More on that later.
We need to do about 120 mph to scoop the record, and if the wind blows we’re very confident we’ll get there.
Right now the Salt lake we’re using for the attempt is flooded, and there’s no wind – both unusual this time of year. So it’s all against us.
But we have another 10 days of weather window and have our fingers crossed.
You can find out more, and follow our progress at greenbird.co.uk, we’ll keep the zerocarbonista site updated too.
Finally, thanks massively to Fred Chambers for sending us the image below, of a land yacht from 100 years ago, on the same lake we’re using. I think it’s just awesome.
Wind power is so ‘back to the future’.