October 31, 2014
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - A British steam-powered car appears to have broken a 103-year-old land speed record in the California desert.
Charles Burnett III drove the British Steam Car Challenge at average speeds of nearly 140 mph over two mile-long runs on Tuesday at Edwards Air Force Base.
The 25-foot-long car dubbed the "fastest teakettle in the world" reached a peak speed of 151 mph, which appears to beat the previous steam-powered record of 127 mph set by a Stanley Steamer in 1906.
The team behind the British car says the record still needs official confirmation by the Paris-based body governing international motor sport, the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile.
The car is powered by water, pumped into boilers which create steam at 750-degrees Fahrenheit. The three-ton British car can gulp 50 liters of water per minute in its 12 boilers.