Grapevine: BAR in Speed Record Attempt

BAR have announced that they will make an attempt on the Formula One Land Speed Record at the Bonneville Salt Flats next month

Grapevine: BAR in Speed Record Attempt

The team have been working hard on developing a modified BAR 007 car, which will still comply with the technical regulations, to make the attempt between October 4 and 11.

Former British Formula Three champion Alan van der Merwe, who is a member of BAR's Young Driver Programme, will drive the car.

He has already conducted a shakedown test at the Utah venue, with the team confident that they can break the 400kph (248.56  mph) barrier. As a benchmark, Juan Pablo Montoya recently hit 231.28mph during testing at Monza, although no official record currently exists.

BAR sporting director Gil de Ferran said during the shakedown at Bonneville: "There is a degree of madness about it.

"When you come to a place like this it's easy to see why people used to think the world was flat, that you could fall off the end. To imagine a Formula One car running here is bizarre, totally offbeat - but that's what this is all about."

BAR engineers believe that the ultimate fastest speed of a modern F1 car is 425kph - which is limited because of the drag caused by the wheels.

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