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BAR to resume record preparations 31 Oct 2005

Bonneville 400 branding on the BAR.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Italian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monza, Italy, 2 September 2005

BAR return to the US this week in a bid to get their Formula One land speed record attempt back on track. Having been forced to abandon the Bonneville Salt Flats due to wet conditions, the team will now carry out a preparatory run at California’s Mojave Airport.

The specially-prepared BAR 007, designed to break the 400 km/h barrier, will get its first outing on Friday when the team’s South African test driver, Alan van der Merwe, steers it down the airport’s 3-kilometre tarmac runway.

Although van der Merwe’s top speed may be measured, BAR stress the run is designed purely to check systems and new parts on the car. The team plan to return to Bonneville sometime in the future for an official record attempt, which must include back-to-back timed runs over a measured mile (1.6 kilometres).