British Steam Car Challenge finally sets world speed record at 140 mph (Aug. 27, 2009) — The British Steam Car Challenge team has finally set the world record of 140 miles per hour.

58172362Driver Charles Burnett III successfully broke the land speed record for a steam powered car – which has stood for more than 100 years – achieving an average speed of 139.843mph on two runs over a measured mile. He managed to reach a peak speed of 136.103 mph on the first run and 151.085 mph on the second.

The new international record, which is subject to official confirmation by the FIA, breaks the previous official FIA record of 127mph set in 1906 by American, Fred Marriott, driving a Stanley steamer at Daytona Beach.

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