Alan van der Merwe sets a new unofficial Formula 1 speed record while revving up for Bonneville.

B.A.R Honda has unofficially broken the 400kph barrier during its preparations for a Formula One record attempt now scheduled for Bonneville early next year.

After rains at the famous Salt Flats in Utah washed out the team's plans to set a new standard in 2005, a final skakedown was organised at the Mojave airbase in California. During this test, Alan van der Merwe, smashed the 400kph mark no fewer three times.

"The car ran perfectly," reported Gary Savage. "It was an encouraging day and we are confident that we can achieve this speed and more at Bonneville."