BAR Honda has unofficially broken the 400kph barrier during its preparations for a Formula One record attempt, now scheduled for Bonneville early next year. After rain at the famous Salt Flats in Utah washed out the team's plans to set a new standard in 2005, a final shakedown was organised at the Mojave airbase in California.
During the test, Alan van der Merwe smashed through the 400kph mark three times. “The car ran perfectly,” said Gary Savage. “It was an encouraging day and we are confident that we can achieve this speed and more at Bonneville.” www.bonneville400.com