Watch: Team NZ land yacht hits 156mph in moderate breeze

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The New Zealand team covered 156km/h in moderate winds as training for their wind-propelled world land speed record attempt in South Australia gathers pace.

The America’s Cup champions were back on the salt bed of Lake Gairdner on Tuesday after surface conditions dried out enough to get their radical 14-metre land yacht Horonuku back into action.

They completed four runs testing new tires and settings with their best effort of 156km/h in a 15-18 knot breeze, which delighted driver Glenn Ashby who thinks there is a lot more to it. come from his job.

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Team New Zealand’s land yacht Horonuku is already reaching encouraging speeds for its wind-powered land speed world record attempt in South Australia.

They must beat the 202.9 km/h mark set by Briton Richard Jenkins in 2009 to clinch the world record.

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“The surface has really dried out a lot in the last two or three days.” Ashby said.

“We made some tire changes, some setup changes and the plan for us to increase the speed and see how it grips the surface.

“Every day, every little learning is a great experience. We haven’t really pushed the speeds above 150 km/h in this job yet, so hopefully in the next few days we’ll get the chance with the weather.

Ashby felt the changes had been a big step forward, giving them confidence that their record attempt was on the right track.

“The changes we’ve made to the tires and the grip have been amazing for the difference in the craft, so there are huge lessons there,” he said.

“Unfortunately the breeze didn’t blow as much as we had hoped today, but still managed to complete 156 km/h. It’s the fastest race we’ve done to date. So there is a lot more in the tank, we just need a little more wind.

“We’ll keep snacking on it.”

EVOLUTION OF THE WIND LAND SPEED RECORD

142.2 km/h – North Embroden (USA) 1976

152.7km/h – Bertrand Lambert (France) 1992

175.5 km/h – Bob Schumacher (USA) 1999

202.9 km/h – Richard Jenkins (GB) 2009

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