Hitting The Buffers

Gareth Mitchell looks at our need for speed in different areas of modern life and asks what is stopping us from getting faster.

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01Transport *2008061620090407

Promises of quicker and more comfortable travel seem to have disappeared in the push towards greener transport. But does greener mean slower? And have faster speeds become elusive for both technological and financial reasons?

Gareth travels to El Mirage dry lake bed in the Californian desert, where 'hot rodding' was born, and to the Estorick Gallery in London which houses the UK's largest collection of Futurist art, the early-20th century movement that expressed a love of speed.

Gareth is at El Mirage dry lake bed in the Californian desert where 'hot rodding' was born

Promises of quicker and more comfortable travel seem to have disappeared in the push towards greener transport. But does greener mean slower? And have faster speeds become elusive for both technological and financial reasons?

02 LASTThe Human Body *2008062320090414

Will records stop being broken?

Gareth is put through his paces at the Human Performance Laboratory at Bath University to find out whether his body is built for speed.

He also talks to sports scientists like Professor Bob Girandola from the University of Southern California, who thinks we've reached the pinnacle of natural human achievement - and any further improvement in speed will depend on tinkering with our genes or taking performance enhancing drugs.