New Speed World Record set at Millbrook

New Speed World Record set at Millbrook
  • Gas powered bus sets new world record at 76.785mph and reaches top speed of 80.78mph.
  • Millbrook is the UK’s only facility with a two mile circular test track, enabling the record attempt to take place.
  • The bus, which runs on Bio Methane Compressed Natural Gas produced from cow manure, is back in service the following day.

Millbrook, leading test and engineering solution providers for the public transport sector, recently saw an unusual test take place at its 700 acre proving ground in Bedfordshire. Although well versed at the testing and development of low carbon vehicles, this is the first time the track has seen a bus wrapped in Friesian cow print speeding round it at more than 80mph. The bus, which is normally speed limited to 56mph went straight back into service, picking up intrigued passengers on its usual route, the very next day. John Bickerton, Chief Engineer at Reading Buses explains: “We are very excited to have set a new speed world record in a gas powered bus. “When looking for locations to hold the record we quickly realised that Millbrook was the perfect option. As the UK’s only facility with a two mile circular banked track, which enabled the bus to gather speed consistently and over a long distance - in effect it’s like driving on a never ending straight road - we felt it was the ideal circuit to set the new world record on. “Millbrook’s extensive work within the industry, including exhaust emissions and fuel consumption testing of conventional and advanced technology hybrid, electric and hydrogen buses, was also a key driver in our decision to partner with them on this project.” Alex Burns, CEO of Millbrook says: “Well done to all involved in setting the new world record. It is great to see businesses thinking outside of the box when it comes to raising the profile of fuels of the future. I’m sure that this project will have given many people, particularly those riding on the bus in the days and weeks following the new record, a different perception of bus travel and of the viability, power and credibility of bio methane fuelled buses.”

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