Feeds

Digger breaks own speed record

Hits 350mph and still not in top gear

The next step in data security

JCBDieselmax broke its own speed record for a diesel-powered vehicle yesterday hitting an average speed of 350 miles per hour - and the team still hasn't made it into top gear.

At the Bonneville Salt Flats, JCBDieselmax got to 365.8mph on its first run and 335.7mph on the return run, giving an average of 350.1mph. This breaks the world land speed record for a diesel vehicle of 328mph, which the team set on Tuesday.

Driver Andy Green said: "I am so pleased that we have got the car to 350mph, which was always our ultimate goal and that was with a slow start to the second run. There is so much more to come as the car is pulling like a train and we still haven't used sixth gear!"

A spokesman for the team said they were very pleased with the result and were now on their way home.

In other news, JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford, while celebrating the team's success, told the FT that he would be interested in buying Jaguar if Ford was prepared to split it from Land Rover.

Bamford told the pink paper: "If they can separate Jaguar out [from Land Rover] then I'd like to buy it. The little car [X-type] needs to go. The S-type is critical and the XJ is a very good car but it needs a re-skin.

"We've been in business for 60 years and I can see a long-term future in Jaguar."

Ford is currently considering what to do with Jaguar, but Bamford said he has not spoken to anyone at either company yet.

Diesel sports cars anyone?

More from the FT here. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis
Musk charging nearly half as much as Boeing for crew trips
Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around
Surprises at the nano-scale mean our ideas about how they charge could be all wrong
Thought that last dinosaur was BIG? This one's bloody ENORMOUS
Weighed several adult elephants, contend boffins
Edge Research Lab to tackle chilly LOHAN's final test flight
Our US allies to probe potential Vulture 2 servo freeze
Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen
No word yet on whether backup site is labelled 'K'
India's MOM Mars mission makes final course correction
Mangalyaan probe will feel the burn of orbital insertion on September 24th
Cracked it - Vulture 2 power podule fires servos for 4 HOURS
Pixhawk avionics juice issue sorted, onwards to Spaceport America
City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub
Boozed-up ancients drank beer before tearing corpses apart
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.