Britain's Donald Campbell, holder of the world water speed record of 260.35 m.p.h., will attempt?
Britain's Donald Campbell, holder of the world water speed record of 260.35 m.p.h., will attempt to smash the world land speed record - 394.196 m.p.h. was set up by the late John Cobb in 1947 - on Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, U.S.A., in September. At the Coventry factory of Motor Panels Ltd., July 6, the body for Campbell's gas turbined-powered "Bluebird" car near completion after a tight 9-month schedule by a 20-man team.
The firm's project engineer, Mr. Maurice Britton, said they expected to complete the body in ten days. During that time the would complete the cockpit layout, fit wheels and farings and put in the exhaust extensions. The car would then be sprayed in traditional blue paint.
Construction of the body started by the laying out of 4 sheets of 30 ft. by 5 ft. aluminum, marked in detail. Each of the 4 panels made 2 beams which, when interspaced with aluminum foil and place in vertical position, would take the complete load of all the items to go in the car, including engines and gearboxes and other machine parts.
Termed the CN7, the four-wheel drive, 8,000-lb "Bluebird" is the most powerful land vehicle ever devised. Its Bristol Siddely Proteus gas turbine engine - similar to that used in the 'Britannia' airliner - develops over 4,000 HP, yet is little more than 9 ft long and weighs 1 1/2 tons.