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Seeking sponsors to help break three wind powered world speed records

A unique opportunity for winning the hearts and minds of the British public is being offered to the wind industry by a campaign to break three wind powered world speed records. The Windjet project is looking for a chief sponsor for its bids to record unprecedented speeds on land, ice and water -- powered by the wind. Formula 1 and aerospace technology are combined in the design of its three vehicles which have been constructed and are undergoing trials. They were built after five years of research and development and will attempt the records this coming winter. So far they have raised the official British land record from 56 miles per hour (90.12 kilometres per hour) to 113.4 mph (182.49 kph) and exceeded the American-held land record of 116 mph (186.68 kph) in trials. As well as hoping to break the land record set in 1999, the Windjet team has its sights set firmly on the ice record of 143 mph (230.13 kph) set by the United States in 1938, and the hotly contested water record, which stands at 46.52 knots (53.53 mph) set by Australia in 1993. The Windjet team's Max Kalis says the project is hoping to find a title sponsor. "Our team is extremely supportive of renewable technology and really hope the title sponsor will be from a suitable industry," he says. "There is clearly synergy between wind power and wind power records."

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