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British team breaks speed record for steam cars

British team breaks speed record for steam cars

A British steam-powered car appears to have broken a 103-year-old land speed record in the California desert.
Charles Burnett III drove the British Steam Car Challenge at average speeds of nearly 140 mph (225 kph) over two mile-long (1 1/2 kilometer) runs on Tuesday at Edwards Air Force Base, The Bakersfield Californian reported.
The 25-foot-long (7 1/2-meter)-long car dubbed the "fastest teakettle in the world" reached a peak speed of 151 mph (243 kph), which appears to beat the previous steam-powered record of 127 mph (204 kph) set by a Stanley Steamer in 1906.
The team behind the British car says the record still needs official confirmation by the Paris-based body governing international motor sport, the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile.
The car is powered by water, pumped into boilers which create steam at 750-degrees Fahrenheit (400 Celsius). The three-ton British car can gulp 50 liters of water per minute in its 12 boilers.


Updated : 2021-06-20 15:19 GMT+08:00