Steam Dream Update: Brit Boiler Sets New Flying Kilometer Mark, Too
As a follow-up to smashing the 103-year-old land speed record flying-mile mark for steam-powered vehicles, the British Steam Car streamliner went for -- and established -- a new record for the fastest flying kilometer. This time around, Don Wales was doing the driving in an attempt that netted a 148.308-mph average and saw the car eclipse 155 mph on its second run. In commenting on this latest effort, which still awaits final FIA confirmation, British Steam Car Project Manager Matt Candy jubilantly noted that: "It's fantastic to set another record for the team and all that hard work has been worth it. After Charles (Charles Burnett III) broke the record for the measured mile on Tuesday, we decided to have one more run with the car and attempt the kilometer record. We took some of the inhibitors from the boilers for this run and it helped get a bit more speed out of the car. The weather was perfect today and the air temperature was just 62 degrees Fahrenheit, the team turned around the car in an amazing 30 minutes, which is their quickest ever! Don has worked so hard with the team, it's fantastic that he should go home with a record too."