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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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knexsuperbuilderfreak (author)2009-08-26

wow just wow i cant bleave steam can do that but i would never wanna getclose to that thing

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steam can have a very explosive force potential, as much as petrol if you control it properly


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A good name (author)Goodhart2009-09-02

"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.

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Goodhart (author)A good name2009-09-02

Um, without heat, would it be steam? :-)

And I wasn't really commenting on the efficiency as much as the potential for explosion....

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A good name (author)Goodhart2009-09-02

Yeah but still, it requires something much more explosive to heat, IE oil or gas, or coal. So the potential is sort of outweighed.

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Goodhart (author)A good name2009-09-04

another note, one need not even use steam, compressed air can cut like a knife ;-)

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Goodhart (author)A good name2009-09-03

There are two common methods internal combustion engines use to ignite petrol:
#1: I high voltage hot electrical spark
and
#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.

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yeah but some boliers blow up

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Gasoline is not much safer explosive-wise, especially once it is in a vapor form.

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yes the vapor it what exploads but nascar fuel is foam and made with specail stuff so it dosent

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nevertheless, exposed to air, it is still highly flammable and no less dangerous :-)

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KentsOkay (author)2009-08-26

For some reason I'm inclined to believe this happened a while back...

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kelseymh (author)KentsOkay2009-08-26

The two runs at Edwards were on Tuesday 24 August. There have been previous articles about the car, and about test runs.

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Rock Soldier (author)2009-08-25

Who had the first record?

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redsuit09 (author)Rock Soldier2009-08-26

it may have been the rocket which only went around 20 mph... it couldnt have easily got 40 but back theyn they were scared it would blow up

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Rock Soldier (author)redsuit092009-08-26

Then why not do thirty? At least then it's a fifty fifty chance. Or maybe a 75 25 chance. Who knows?

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lemonie (author)Rock Soldier2009-08-25

Follow the link and it says:

That smashes the previous official record of 204 km/hr (127 mph) set in 1906 by Fred Marriott of the US in a modified version of the then-popular steam car known as the Stanley Steamer.

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Rock Soldier (author)lemonie2009-08-25

Yay. US use to have the record.

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lemonie (author)Rock Soldier2009-08-25

Used to.
Like the (other) land speed record, and the Water speed record.

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kelseymh (author)2009-08-25

You know, that kind of attitude can really get people steamed. :-)

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Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2009-08-26


it's a pun, not a suggestion ;-)

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Rock Soldier (author)kelseymh2009-08-25

As long as it doesn't start a flame war on how The UK is better than America and vice-versus.

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Kiteman (author)2009-08-25

Oh, the dilemma...

Do I whistle Rule Britannia, or the theme to Ivor the Engine?

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lemonie (author)2009-08-25

I heard about that - thanks for the link.

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