Steam-powered car breaks world land speed record
Published 26/08/2009 | 07:25
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.