• Jul 21, 2006
All week long, the Honda Racing F1 team has been out at the Bonneville Salt Flats pursuing a lofty goal: setting a new Formula 1 car land speed record over the Bonneville flying mile with an average speed of 400 kph. Honda simply called the mission the Bonneville 400.

The instrument being used to make the attempt was a V10-powered Honda 007. For the runs out on the salt, the car was outfitted with an upright rear fin instead of the standard wing, and also employed the use of a parachute to help slow itself at the completion of each attempt. Driver Alan van der Mewe was behind the wheel for all the early-morning record runs, and through the course of the week, Alan, the team, and the car have broken F1 class records three times.

During today's final set of attempts, the Honda produced two land speed records for Formula 1 cars. Over the Bonneville flying mile, the car hit an average speed of 397.360kph (246.908mph). The second record set was over the flying kilometer, where it averaged 397.481kph (246.983mph).

The magic 400 kph average remained out of reach, though earlier this week, the car did hit 400.454 kph on one pass of the measured mile. It wasn't able to match the feat on the return trip, unfortunately.

While disappointed that they didn't set the record at 400, all parties involved deemed the week a success. Given the time and effort that they put into the event and the challenges they faced running an F1 car on the salt flats, you can't help but agree.

Check out the Bonneville 400 site for a host of info, including full coverage of the week, images and video of the attempts.

(Additional photos after the jump)

[Source: Honda Racing F1]
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      Teddy Profit
      • 1 Month Ago
      Bringing this thread back from the dead!
      • 8 Years Ago
      soo the veyron IS offically faster then the fastest F1 car? ok got it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Very funny, the japs are real good at trying to make themselves look like Americans using our race and speed events.
      If a car costing 100's of thousands of dollars cannot get to 240 MPH in 2 miles ( speed recorded from 2nd mile) they should hang it up.

      Constant marketing BS yet my old 1999 Corvette with a dinky 372 CI NA engine ran 217 MPH

      Adding NOS the car pulled close to 600/600 rearwheel HP/TQ on a load bearing dyno with just adding 150 shot of NOS.

      http://teamzr1.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=8;t=000063

      And that is for many times less the money they blew to do this markering hype.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Chris is right. Their performance at France wasn't that great. Well their performance for the past couple of races weren't that great either.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Big deal eh?They such on the track.
      Bob
      • 8 Years Ago
      Everyone seems to think that the Veyron being faster than the F1 cars is some sort of failure on the part of the F1 teams. FIA puts serious restrictions in place as far as weight, displacement, suspension, and traction control are concerned. Without these restrictions it would not be a contest. The Veyron is a testament to engineering (especially for a luxury car) but you can not compare F1 cars to it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      3. Wah??? The Veyron hits 240 if it is lucky this is almost 400mph...
      • 8 Years Ago
      6.The Accord with a V6 and 6-speed is actually a pretty hot car, especially compared with the likes of Toyota and Ford. Toyota has the, uh...well, they don't have a sports sedan or coupe.

      Not sure why Toyota is getting the dis here? Uh, they have a coupe - the '07 Camry comes in a coupe. The V6 Camry in sedan or coupe puts out more ponies than the Accorn - 268 to 244 and more torque - 248 to 211 @ a lower rpm. You also will get more car w/Camry, more cargo space, etc. Better gas mileage 22/31 to 20/29. All at about the same price point $27K +- options. Have not driven the acorn, but the Camry sedan is pretty impressive.

      Drawback for me is the non-existent hood view (I'm 6'4" and can not see where the hood ends). I am sure my counterpart would have no trouble finding out there is something attached in front of that windsheld:>)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does anyone know what the Y2K's top speed is? I watched on some show that its impossible to find out the top speed on the bike since it gains more horsepower the faster it goes.
      • 8 Years Ago
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      • 8 Years Ago
      Don't Champ cars hit over 250 mph on the straights of some superspeedways?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Comparing the Veyron's top speed on pavement to an F1 car's average top speed over a timed distance -- on salt -- is not the same thing"

      yeah i'm sure a supercar with all wheel drive will have a hard time hitting vmax on sand compared to a rwd f1 car with insane amounts of torque. O_o.

      oh and per Topgear: In a speed race, the McLaren F1 could be allowed to reach 120 mph before the Bugatti started, with the Bugatti still being first to reach 200 mph... so given that kind of accelleration, I'm thinking it would do a-ok.. since nothing ever built for the road has been able to compare to that kind of accelleration.

      and from leftlane:

      Everyone knows the Bugatti Veyron is fast. Perhaps the fastest road car in the world. So what does that really mean? Columnist Adam Towler attempts to quantify that experience with numbers and testimony. "After 2.8sec we’re past 60mph, proving Bugatti’s point about the Veyron versus an F1 car. The single-seater, in fact, might not be as quick to 60mph because it doesn’t have the Bugatti’s 4wd hardware," writes Towler. "And then it dawns on me: the rate of acceleration, even at 70mph, is actually increasing. Even now, as I type, that realization makes the hairs on the back of my neck go stiff." But it's not over. "Third gear is real Armageddon. This ratio is the one that makes you feel like test pilot Chuck Yeager in the movie The Right Stuff, as he broke the sound barrier for the first time." Looking for some hard numbers? Try 0-30 mph in 1.5 seconds, 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds, 30-50mph in 1.0 seconds, 70-100 mph in 2.0 seconds. Oh, and the surface Mr. Towler was driving on was less than ideal. "Next time – and there will be one – we will do a full test on a decent surface. Then, we have no doubt, the fastest car in the world will go faster still," concludes Towler.
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