British steam car reaches 131mph

Posted by jerry on August 8th, 2009 — Posted in Journal, Steam

The British attempt on the world steam speed record has been unofficially broken by the team on Edwards Air Force Base in the USA. After several setbacks, the test driver Don Wales has reported that the car is now running well and the team is preparing for an official record attempt on 17 Aug when the FIA official timers will be in place.

The car – dubbed the world’s fastest kettle – is capable of boiling water at the rate of 23 cups of tea per second – the steam drives a turbine which is geared to dirctly drive the rear wheels. The latest run of 131 mph is the fastest so far, and is faster than the current official record which stands at 127.69 mph.

As one of the individual sponsors of this car I wish the team well!


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