About the Windjet Project
Richard Jenkins, now aged 32, started the Windjet project in 1999 while studying Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College.
Since those early days, he has now designed, built and tested 4
seperate speed record craft on a variety of surfaces including land,
ice and water.
The vehicles are now highly evolved with some impressive performance records under their belts.
The Windjet vehicles utilise a combination of technology, usually found
on Aircraft and Formula 1, to achieve staggering efficiency. Made from
carbon composites the vehicles take huge forces at top speed, being
able to transfer up to 1 Ton of side force into the ground.
Wind powered speed records are unlike any normal powered speed
record where more power will always equal more speed. With land sailing
speed records, more wind does not always equal more speed and instead a
technical solution is required, where lift is maximised, but more
importantly, drag is minimised.
However, being technically perfect is only half the challenge. The
vehicles also require a precise set of weather conditions to achieve
maximum speed. Therefore in order to set a new world record it is more
an art of choreography to get the right kit, in the right place, at the
right time, with the correct people observing.
Mk IV Windjet on (Salt) Lake Lefroy in Western Australia