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Steampunk Gets Real Answered

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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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

11 years ago

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

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 11 years ago

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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knexsuperbuilderfreak
knexsuperbuilderfreak

11 years ago

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

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

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


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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

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

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knexsuperbuilderfreak
knexsuperbuilderfreak

Reply 11 years ago

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

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

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

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redsuit09
redsuit09

Reply 11 years ago

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
Rock Soldier

Reply 11 years ago

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
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

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
Rock Soldier

Reply 11 years ago

Yay. US use to have the record.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

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

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kelseymh
kelseymh

11 years ago

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

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 11 years ago

What a little punk...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago



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

Reply 11 years ago

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
Kiteman

11 years ago

Oh, the dilemma...

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

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

I heard about that - thanks for the link.

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