Steam car to make world speed record bid

A British team of engineers will make another attempt to break a century-old world land speed record for steam-powered vehicles.

The 25ft-long British Steam Car - dubbed the "fastest kettle in the world" - is aiming to beat a speed of 127mph reached by American Fred Marriott in a Stanley steam car in 1906 at the Daytona Beach Road Course.

It is the longest officially recognised land speed record, but the British team hope to overhaul it by reaching a target velocity of 170mph with their car at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

The Lymington-based team have been forced to defer the attempt over the past three days due to a series of technical problems.

A team spokesman said that they aimed to make a further record attempt on Saturday, despite high winds forecast.

If unsuccessful again, plans will be made for further runs to be held next week, he added.

The vehicle has managed to reach speeds of more than 130mph during a series of test runs after the team arrived in the US last month.

The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) officials are due to calibrate and record the team's official world record attempt.

The driver for the record bid is Charles Burnett III, a nephew of Lord Montague of Beaulieu, who made it into the Guinness Book of World Records in 1999 for an offshore water speed record of 137mph.

Other team members include the 48-year-old test driver and father-of-two Don Wales, nephew of the late speed ace Donald Campbell and grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell.

Further information:
www.steamcar.co.uk

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