Waiting for the lake to dry! The Greenbird at Lake Lefroy in Western Australia - August 2008.

 

Location for land record challenge

Ivanpah Dry Lake, California

The setting for our land speed record was Ivanpah Dry Lake located on the California and Nevada border on the West Coast of the United States.

Ivanpah Dry Lake was a valuable location due to the amount of open space it provided (almost 35 square miles in total) and the smooth quality of its surface which is perfect for sailing vehicles.

Perfect surface and wind conditions

To have a meaningful attempt at a world land speed record, it must be conducted in very specific conditions on an extremely hard and flat natural surface. The conditions at Ivanpah Dry Lake are perfect and are unlike anything closer to home, this fantastic location gave us the best possible circumstances for our existing record.

Ideally, the best conditions for the record are dry winds, in excess of 25 mph. 30 mph is an ideal record setting wind strength.

The Greenbird Mk 1 at Lake Lefroy - which usually expects very low rainfall levels!

The Greenbird Mk 1 at Lake Lefroy - which usually expects very low rainfall levels!

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