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After a slew of false starts and technical difficulties, the British Steam Car just broke the world land speed record for a steam-driven vehicle by hitting a scorching average speed of 139.843mph! Dubbed the “fastest kettle in the world“, the 25-ft long car smashed the century old record of 127mph at 8:19 this morning at Edward’s Air Force Base in California.
How exactly does this alternatively-powered steam car run? Twelve boilers, which run on liquid petroleum gas, heat water to temperatures of 752F (400C) which is injected into a turbine to run the engine. The 12 boilers can get through 220 gallons of water in 25 minutes, and can pump out 8.8 gallons of steam a minute. Congratulations to the team for their tremendous success after 10 years of hard work!