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Last Updated: Friday, 21 July 2006, 12:13 GMT 13:13 UK
Honda tops 400km/h

Honda's camp at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA

Honda set up camp in the Utah desert in an attempt to break 400km/h in an F1 car for the first time

Honda's F1 car can been seen against the wide open spaces of the Bonnevile Salt Flats in Utah

The wide open spaces of Utah's world-famous Bonneville Salt Flats have been used for many land speed record attempts

The Honda F1 car on Bonneville Salt Flats with the sun rising in the background

On the first two days of running, Honda get agonisingly close to their 400km/h (248.56mph) target but just miss out

The car used is a fully legal Formula One machine, but using a fin for stability at high speed rather than a rear wing

The car used is a fully legal Formula One machine, but using a fin for stability at high speed rather than a rear wing

Alan van der Merwe at Bonneville Salt Flats

South African Alan van der Merwe is the man charged with driving the Honda at 400km/h

Alan van der Merwe finally reaches 400km/h in the Honda at Bonneville Salt Flats

On day three, Honda do average 400km/h for a mile, but the aggregate over two runs is under that at 393.61km/h

Honda's car has set a new record for its category - special automobiles with a two- or four-stroke engine without supercharger with an engine capacity from 2,000-3,000cc

Although the team failed to reach their aggregate 400km/h target, they set a new world record for this class of car



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