116 Days to Go

New Land Speed Record Set in Yokohama

A new land speed record has been set today at 6:30am JST in the sleepy, seaside village of Yokohama in Japan.  The 30 minute/5 km barrier has finally been smashed by Merilyn Winslade driving the new model MLW-2013.  Over the 5.26 km course,  an average pace of 5 minutes and 33 seconds per kilometer was achieved.  A blistering pace of 5 minutes and 21 seconds for the fourth kilometer was recorded however this was on a slight downhill slope which may render the record invalid.  The total time for the course was 29 minutes and 13 seconds.  No previous models of the MLW have been able to achieve these lightening-like speeds with the previous best attempt being more than 32 minutes for 5 km.

The owner and designer of the new model MLW claims that a 7kg lighter frame combined with a stronger body and more flexible joints, all key features in the new design, were instrumental in today’s record breaking achievement.  A last minute polishing of the exterior from the nose down during yesterday’s public holiday, also helped to improve the aerodynamic capabilities of the vehicle and lead to a decrease in air resistance with a new smooth skin exterior.

The next test for the new MLW is in a couple of weeks when its ability to sustain these speeds over a 10 km track will be attempted.  This race will be broadcast live via RunKeeper.com and details of the schedule will be published on this site in the lead up to the November 30th attempt.

View from the “ArmBand Cam” on the MLW during today’s record breaking attempt.

cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo shared by Éole Wind

4 comments on “116 Days to Go

  1. Well done! There is something immensely satisfying about breaking your own record. For me it was the 40 min barrier on the 8k run to the powerstation from work. I don’t reckon I could do it anymore however… I feel the need to get back into training!

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