Finally, after over 100 years in the record books, Fred Marriott’s officially recognized top speed in a steam-powered car is in serious danger of being eclipsed. The British Steam Car Challenge team has reportedly already posted a two way average of 137.14 mph, which is well over the World Record of 127 miles per hour set in a Stanley steam car way back in 1906. Says Project Manager Matt Candy:
It was an enormous achievement on Saturday and one we hope to replicate now that the FIA timing officials have joined us today. The timing equipment is currently being set up cross the 6mile lake bed… Since arriving in the US the team has had to do a lot of preparations to the car with the effects of heat, altitude and the surface conditions. Compared to UK testing at Thorney, Portsmouth, the goal has been to make the car travel twelve times the distance, at double the speed and twice in within one hour. Saturday was a milestone for the team in achieving this goal.
Finally, the British team plans an official run today at 6 am local time with FIA officials in tow. The goal: to beat both the aforementioned Official World Record and the American National Record of 145.607mph set by the Barber-Nichols Team in 1985. Check back later to see if there’s a new record on the books.
[Source: British Steam Car Challenge]