Steampunk Gets Real

As reported on New Scientist today, the British steam-powered vehicle Inspiration broke the previous land-speed record for steam power, set back in 1906. The fastest of the two runs was 151 mph, set on a dry lake bed at Edwards Air Force Base.

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wow just wow i cant bleave steam can do that but i would never wanna getclose to that thing
steam can have a very explosive force potential, as much as petrol if you control it properly

"Steam can have a very explosive force potential" Eh, not quite goodhart. The pressure can built up, but only if heat is added. Steam is not nearly as efficient as oil or gasoline.
Um, without heat, would it be steam? :-)

And I wasn't really commenting on the efficiency as much as the potential for explosion....
Yeah but still, it requires something much more explosive to heat, IE oil or gas, or coal. So the potential is sort of outweighed.
another note, one need not even use steam, compressed air can cut like a knife ;-)
There are two common methods internal combustion engines use to ignite petrol:
#1: I high voltage hot electrical spark
#2: very high compression (diesel)

Gasoline does not bust into flames spontaneously with out help (heat or compression), so I am unsure I know what you mean. Nevertheless, I am not really arguing, just saying that there is danger in anything that can cause such explosions.
yeah but some boliers blow up
Gasoline is not much safer explosive-wise, especially once it is in a vapor form.
yes the vapor it what exploads but nascar fuel is foam and made with specail stuff so it dosent
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