STEAM CAR WORLD RECORD CHALLENGE
Wednesday August 19th, 2009
It has stood since 1906 but a team of British engineers are about to attempt to break what is the world’s longest-standing land speed record. They believe the, 10 years in development steam car, Inspiration, will prove capable of speeds of 170mph.
The 25ft long car weighs in a whopping three tons and will attempt the record breaking feat at Edwards Air Base in California, driven by financial backer, Charles Burnett III. The Lymington, Hampshire team claim that the ‘fastest kettle in the world’ has already beaten the record of 127mph during test runs.
However project manager Matt Candy is trying not to jump the gun about the cars performance and said, 'We've had overheating electrical components, so we've started using an awful lot of dry ice every day to cool those… 'We've also had a lot of gas pressure problems, due to the temperature causing the liquid propane to vaporise further up the car than it normally does… We've had vapour locks. We've had pumps that couldn't cope with the extra pressure.'
Regardless of this the car has achieved an average speed of 137mph over two runs of two miles in length so things are looking very promising.
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