Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Steam-powered car breaks world land speed record

A British-built supercar has broken a 103-year-old world land speed record for steam-powered vehicles in the United States.

The steam car — nicknamed the “fastest kettle in the world” — reached an average speed of 139.843mph on two runs over a measured mile at the Edwards Air Force Base in California.

The timing beat the previous record of 127mph set by American Fred Marriott in a Stanley steam car at the Daytona Beach Road Course in 1906.

Mr Marriott’s timing was the longest-standing officially-recognised land speed record but it was beaten by Charles Burnett 111’s British team.

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