Steam car, plugged in
There's a lot of trial and error in getting to the record. Test driver Don Wales wrote this in the team's diary on July 31, about early efforts at Edwards AFB after the steam car was shipped over from its earlier testing venue in the U.K.: "Our first run was purely a rolling resistance test of the surface. The car was very slow to move away and acceleration was sluggish. We only had 90 seconds of fuel on board (the record runs will have 2 1/2 minutes). The car peaked at about 70mph before the burners switched off and I coasted for approximately a mile before coming to a stop. This was good news and demonstrated to the team that the surface of the lakebed is less 'sticky' than the Tarmac we are used to at Thorney."
August 7, 2009 11:48 AM PDT
Photo by: The British Steam Car Challenge
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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