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UK team breaks steam car record

The steam car at Edwards air base, in California's Mojave Desert, on Wednesday morning

The engineers began four days of record attempts on Wednesday


A team of British engineers has broken the longest-standing world land speed record in California.


Their steam car, Inspiration, recorded a speed of 139.843mph (225.06km/h) at Edwards air base, in the Mojave Desert, smashing the record set in 1906.


For the Federation International Automobile record, the Hampshire-based team had to finish two runs in opposite directions, less than an hour apart.


American Fred Marriot held the record set in 1906 of 127mph (204km/h).



I don't know anyone who has broken such a long-standing record

Charles Burnett III, driver


In the first run the British team achieved a speed of 132.755mph (213.65 km/h).


The 25-foot-long, three-tonne "kettle" was driven by Charles Burnett III from Lymington in Hampshire.


Speaking from California, he said: "I wouldn't like to leave it this close again, it was the last but one day we had to do this.


"It's a culmination of 10 years of work for the team.


"I don't know anyone who has broken such a long-standing record, it's great."


The car will be brought back to England and will end up at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, Hampshire.





So they spend a vast fortune (original budget was £650k) and have the advantage of 103 years of technological advancement and all they can achieve is 12mph extra. And they get to put the car in a museum. Should be ashamed of themselves :popcorn:

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