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Team New Zealand aiming to beat land speed record

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Team New Zealand is moving from the sea to land in a bid to break the wind powered world land speed record.

Long-time Team New Zealand member Glenn Ashby is the motivation behind the attempt.

Ashby is an Olympic silver medal and has 17 World Championships in four different classes of boat.

The America’s Cup champions have had some of their key designers and engineers on the project since July. Their radical land yacht is now in production at the team’s Auckland boatyard.

It should be ready for testing in April. From there it will be packed into containers and shipped to Australia for the record attempt to take place in July-August.

The team will aiming to beat the 202.9kmh set by Britain’s Richard Green in the United States in 2009.

EVOLUTION OF WIND POWERED LAND SPEED RECORD

142.2kmh – Nord Embroden (US) 1976

152.7kmh – Bertrand Lambert (France) 1992

175.5kmh – Bob Schumacher (US) 1999

202.9kmh – Richard Jenkins (GB) 2009

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