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Crossing The OutbackLast month, extreme eco sportsmen Dirk Gion and Stefan Simmerer drove 3000 miles across Australia powered almost exclusively by a stiff breeze.
Their purpose-built eco car is part kite-surfer, part wind turbine and part electric vehicle, and is the first ever wind powered vehicle to cross Australia. The epic journey took 18 days, and they smashed three world records as they travelled; the first time a continent had been crossed by a wind-powered vehicle; the longest overall distance covered exclusively by a wind-powered land vehicle; and finally the longest distance covered by such a vehicle in 36 hours.
Unfortunately, this type of transport probably wont be hitting our shores any time soon, as anyone who regularly drives down any British road can imagine; bridges, power lines and lorriesDirk Gion and Stefan Simmerer will definitely not mix well with kites! But in the wide open spaces of Australia, this exciting vehicle really has put itself on the map.

Added: 2011-03-02

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