New beginnings. Preparing for record attempts 2.0

New beginnings. Preparing for record attempts 2.0


The Flying Kestrel testing aerodynamics at HORIBA MIRA – Mira Proving Ground Nuneaton

We hope you enjoyed the first series of The Flying Kestrel! If you are yet to watch it, the short episodes take you through the renovation process of a classic 1935 Riley Kestrel car in order to compete for various land-speed records. However, this is no ordinary car renovation; check out the episodes to find out more…

The series consists of 5 10-minute-long episodes which are aired on Insight TV. To watch, simply type into your web browser or download the Insight TV app. From there, you can sign up for a 60-day free trial using the code ‘THEFLYINGKESTREL’. Once this is done, search ‘The Flying Kestrel’ and it will be available for you to watch!

(*spoiler alert*)

After the car rolled during the first record attempts (thankfully due to Jon’s incredible build he left unscathed!), Jon is in the process of modifying the car further to better our chances at gaining a record this summer.

Yesterday, we took The Flying Kestrel to Mira Proving Ground in Nuneaton where it was placed in a wind tunnel so Jon could assess the changes he has made to the car. The data we got back was promising and work will continue on the car up until June where we will be entering various world-recognised land-speed records which include:

‘Class D’ 2.5-litre engine
1 Km standing start 
1 Km flying start 
Outright Record for the 1km, of:
Standing Start
Flying Start

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