Water, pressure, and heat combine to throw Brits 'cross the desert

by bryan kennedy on Aug. 26th, 2009

Put, put, put: The British Challenge car is a bit faster than this 1896 model.
Put, put, put: The British Challenge car is a bit faster than this 1896 model.Courtesy Skuds
After lots and lots of work a team of British engineers broke the century old world speed record for a steam powered car. Charles Burnett III piloted the sleek green car to an average speed of 139.843mph. Steam cars sound crazy? They actually used to be quite common in the early days of automobiles, before the internal combustion engine really caught on.

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JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Cool story! I had been looking at this one, but I got bogged down in picking a headline.

It was a toss up between, "Steam powered vehicle breaks record" and "Choo choo! Here we come!"

posted on Wed, 08/26/2009 - 10:11am
bryan kennedy's picture

It's just crazy to me that it's taken more than 100 years to break this record. It was the oldest land speed record on the books.

posted on Wed, 08/26/2009 - 10:22am
SyDnEy_RaE's picture
SyDnEy_RaE says:

i think that is so interesting. but steam engines seem to caused just as much pollution as a gas engine.so where is this evolution of cars going?!?!?!?! this article is very interesting though. cool structure.

posted on Thu, 08/27/2009 - 3:46pm

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