UK team gears up for world record bid.
A BRITISH team whose chief mechanic Mark Davies is from Huddersfield was today launching a bid to break the international speed record for a diesel-powered vehicle.
Mr Davies, 40, of Salendine Nook, was preparing the JCB Dieselmax ahead of a series of runs in a bid to break the 235mph record, set in 1973.
That mark was set by American Virgil W Snyder in the Thermo King Streamliner.
The JCB team hopes to eclipse it by running at more than 300mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA.
Much will depend on the weather, with today the first of a four-day window available to the team.
It was being spent preparing the car and testing systems before an all-out assault on the record tomorrow.
The driver is Wing Commander Andy Green, who in 1997 set the world land speed record when he drove ThrustSSC at the supersonic speed of 763.035 mph.
To break the diesel-powered record he will have to make two runs over a measured mile within an hour that exceed the current mark.
The team has been testing in Bonneville over the past week.