Storm Ciara helps break NYC to London speed record

As hurricane force winds of 90mph batter the UK, bringing travel misery and power cuts for millions, the weather has helped one plane set a new record.

While many faced flight cancellations because of Storm Ciara, BA flight 112 too just four hours and 56 minutes to complete a flight from New York to London late on Saturday evening, reaching speeds of up to 800mph…

It means the flight is likely to have broken the fastest-ever subsonic New York to London crossing time, smashing the previous record set by Norwegian Airways which took five hours and 13 minutes in January 2018…

Woo-Hoo!

Chinese passenger train sets new record = 302 mph

A Chinese passenger train hit a record speed of 302 miles per hour on Friday during a test run of a recently completed high speed link between Beijing and Shanghai.

It was the fastest speed recorded by an unmodified conventional commercial train. Other types of trains in other countries have travelled faster.

State television footage showed the sleek white train whipping past green farm fields in eastern China. The 824-mile-long line is set to open next year, 12 months ahead of schedule. It will cut journey times between Beijing and Shanghai from the current 10 hours to under five hours. The line is expected to carry 80 million passengers a year.

The project costs £21 billion and is part of a government effort to link many of China’s cities by high-speed rail and reduce overcrowding on heavily used lines…

The drive to develop high-speed rail technology rivals China’s space programme in terms of national pride and importance. Railway officials say they want to reach speeds of over 500kph.

Here in New Mexico, we finally have the beginnings of useful local rail, bringing tourists as well as commuters through the north-central part of the state. It’s only a start – albeit one that utilizes modern roadbed and rail technology. And the critters run on biodiesel.

But, don’t worry about advancing too far, too fast. We have a shiny new Republican governor and she wants to halt the railroad, rip out the rails and sell them for scrap iron. The Beancounter Religion never really looks more than a couple of quarters out into the future.

Wind-powered car breaks world record

A British engineer from Hampshire has broken the world land speed record for a wind-powered vehicle.

Richard Jenkins reached 126.1mph (202.9km/h) in his Greenbird car on the dry plains of Ivanpah Lake in Nevada.

American Bob Schumacher set the previous record of 116 mph in 1999, driving his Iron Duck vehicle.

“It’s great, it’s one of those things that you spend so long trying to do and when it actually happens, it’s almost too easy,” Mr Jenkins told the BBC.

The Greenbird is a carbon fibre composite vehicle that uses wind (and nothing else) for power. The only metalwork used is for the wing bearings and the wheel unit.

Bravo! Wish I was there to see it.

L’Hydroptère gears up for wind-propelled record attempt

French trimaran l’Hydroptère is set to become the fastest wind-propelled boat ever after it reached a staggering 52.68 knots — almost 60 mph — in training for a world record attempt this month.

Although it was the first time a sailing boat has broken the wind barrier of 50 knots (about 93 kilometers per hour), l’Hydroptère needs to maintain an average speed of 51 knots over 500 meters to claim the new world “absolute sailing speed record.”

Skipper of l’Hydroptère, Alain Thébault, told CNN he would likely challenge for the official record in the “next few weeks,” depending on weather conditions.

Nine of the previous ten records have been set by kite surfers or wind surfers, so to have a large trimaran challenging for the crown was quite an achievement, Thébault said.

Bravo! Bon chance.