Stories tagged steam powered car

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.