On 25 August the FIA Land Speed Record for a steam-powered car was set at 139.843mph (225.06km/h). This achievement by the British Steam Car Challenge is approximately 13mph (or ten per cent) faster than the previous record - which had stood for over 100 years.
Regardless of the apparently small margin by which the longstanding record has been broken, the BSCC has achieved a huge amount on a limited budget. A great deal of work has gone into developing the boilers, for example.
Having secured the World Record, the car will be housed at Beaulieu, with the intention being that it will influence the next generation of engineers and designers to take an ecological approach to solving problems. As a BSCC spokesman says, "No matter how old the technology, there are always new and better ways to put that technology to work for mankind."
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