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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.


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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Who had the first record?

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

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

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.


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


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

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

Oh, the dilemma...

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

I heard about that - thanks for the link.