blared: Quicksilver_speed_boat

blared, Sep 30, 2007
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      do you have some tech. details?
    • blared
      Yup Otto I got some info....

      Fastest boat on water
      A boat being built in Newark will be used to try to break the world water speed record.

      A British man is planning to reclaim a world record for the UK.

      Nigel Macknight wants to go one better than Donald Campbell.

      He was the last Briton to hold the water speed record but died 40 years ago attempting to take his boat Bluebird through the 300 mph (480 km/h) barrier.

      Quicksilver - the boat
      To beat the record requires some specialist machinery.

      "It does have a space age look doesn't it," says Nigel Macknight about his vessel. "If you're going to do something upwards of 300 / 400 mph on water you need something that doesn't look like a conventional boat."

      It's the biggest and heaviest boat ever to contest the world water speed record but it's by far the most powerful. It has over twice the power of Bluebird."

      Fifty-two-year-old Nigel's spent seven years motor racing and also flies but he admits he's not really into boats.

      "There is some apprehension because you need to respect the record and the fact that there can be accidents.

      Ready but scared

      "But we've spent ten years of research before we even started building it. It'll never be completely safe but we think we've worked out a way to do this safely. I'm looking forward to it."
    • blared
      Quicksilver facts and figures
      It's 42 ft long, weighs four tons and has 25,000 horsepower. According to Nigel Macknight that's more than a full grid of Grand Prix cars at full throttle.
      Thanks for the info, but 300 m.p.h...are land or sea miles?
      because sometimes it's not clear...how many km/h is that?

      Nice missile..
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