Today all eyes will be on the High Speed Circuit at Millbrook as Reading Buses attempt to make history, with a new world record in a gas powered bus. The bus will run on Bio Methane Compressed Natural Gas which is produced from cow manure. The record attempting bus will be wrapped in a Friesian cow graphic to represent the source of this power. Presently, the bus is speed limited to 56mph. For the record attempt, the standard service bus will have its speed limiter removed and is aiming to reach speeds of 80mph – which will qualify it as the world’s fastest service bus. The code name for the bus itself is Bus Hound, which pays homage to the Bloodhound SSC team who are currently attempting a land speed record of 1,000mph. Alex Burns, CEO of Millbrook says: “We are very excited about the forthcoming record attempt at Millbrook, and look forward to seeing how the bus fares today! “Millbrook is the ideal location for this type of activity, with guaranteed safety and security, our 70km of varied test tracks have been used in a number of previous world record attempts, as well as being the backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters, prime-time television programmes, music videos and advertisements.” Martijn Gilbert, CEO of Reading Buses explains: “We are really pleased with the support the project has received and can’t wait until the record attempt. “With Millbrook’s close links to the testing and development of low carbon vehicles and alternative fuels and its secure test tracks, it was the obvious partner for us on this project. “Whilst the record attempt is great fun, our main aim is to challenge the perceptions of bus travel, demonstrate the credibility of bio-methane and promote science, technology and innovation in the bus and coach industry.” Use #projectvroom on Twitter to follow all of the latest developments and for live updates on the Reading Buses record attempt.
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