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    Steam car land-speed record broken.

    Here is Fred Marriott in his Stanley Steamer who held the record for 103 years.

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    And here is what it took to break it!!!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...ed-record.html

    I don't know what they are so ecstatic about.... As one commenter said...

    So 103 years later using the latest computer modelling available, state of the art wind tunnels, carbon fibre construction and Formula 1 technology - all they can do is add 12 mph to a record set by a bunch blokes with a welder a bike pump and a set of leather goggles
    And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

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    Re: Steam car land-speed record broken.

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    Re: Steam car land-speed record broken.

    I would wonder just how accurate their 100 year old measurement really was...

    Also, steam is steam. It is pretty easy to determine what the maximum thrust/power is that you are going to get out of it. The extra 12mph probably came exclusively out of optimising the vehicle through other means.

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    Re: Steam car land-speed record broken.

    Quote Originally Posted by jb7487
    I would wonder just how accurate their 100 year old measurement really was...

    Also, steam is steam. It is pretty easy to determine what the maximum thrust/power is that you are going to get out of it. The extra 12mph probably came exclusively out of optimising the vehicle through other means.
    Hah, that's just a lot of hot air

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    Re: Steam car land-speed record broken.

    lol
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    Re: Steam car land-speed record broken.

    Cool car, though.

    Horsepower and thrust is just a function of math - but you're right - there are differences in aero-dynamics of vehicles, drag from bearings etc., size of tires, weather conditions - and the correctness of timing. We are able to time events much better now than 103 years ago.

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    They may have 'broken' the record, but needing a 3 ton car (was that an afterburner in the back?) vs. their much smaller competition? And I'm sure that if Marriott had run on the salt flats too he would have been even faster.
    Not impressed. Having done it with such 'primitive' tech, Marriott still kicks their butt....

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    Re: Steam car land-speed record broken.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zephyr
    They may have 'broken' the record, but needing a 3 ton car (was that an afterburner in the back?) vs. their much smaller competition? And I'm sure that if Marriott had run on the salt flats too he would have been even faster.
    Not impressed. Having done it with such 'primitive' tech, Marriott still kicks their butt....
    Yep !
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    Re: Steam car land-speed record broken.

    Yep!!!!


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