Aggreko, the global leader in temporary power and temperature control systems, has provided vital power to support the Bluebird Electric team as they attempted to set a new land speed record at the famous Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire.
During the weekend of the 13th and 14th August 2011, Don Wales – grandson of legendary racing driver Sir Malcolm Campbell and nephew of Donald Campbell – conducted speed trials in the 2011 Bluebird Electric car with his son, Joseph. The pair attempted to beat the previous UK electric vehicle land speed record of 137 mph set by Don in 2000.
Aggreko provided one 60 kVA and two 30 kVA generators to charge the Bluebird Electric car for the record attempts and provide temporary power for the support team.
Although the record attempt was unsuccessful, the speed trials formed an important part of the preparations by the Bluebird Electric team to set the world electric vehicle speed record at more than 500mph in 2013. Tests using differing battery technologies and drive units are being evaluated by the team following extensive re-engineering work on the chassis and aerodynamic improvements to the body.
Aggreko also supplied a generator for essential vehicle testing at Haverford West in June 2011.