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March 31, 2009

Steam Power!

By Chris Bicknell


Well, due to its impracticalities I’m sure you won’t be seeing one of these on the showroom floor any time soon–nor will it be the next cure-all solution to the energy crisis. However, I was very interested to see what this group of British builders is doing in their attempt to break the steam-car speed record. The current “official” steam-powered speed record was set in 1906 by Fred Marriott who achieved a top speed of 127.659 MPH, and for a brief few years this was the overall world speed record until it was broken by a gas-powered Benz in 1910. This 25 ft steam-powered car generates a healthy 360 horsepower but literally guzzles a ton of water every 20 minutes. Although last week’s Thorney Island test was unsuccessful due to an electrical malfunction, the British team plans to bring their steam-car stateside this August where they will attempt to smash the century-old record with expected speeds of over 170 MPH.

More pictures after the jump.


Apr 3, 2009 at 3:02 pm

steam locomotives sped up fast without a load….i could see how that woulud go FAST….unloaded semitrucks run 9s =O

Mar 31, 2009 at 6:19 pm

beat 127.5 MPH? I think they’re blowing hot air.

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