Team ready for steam car record bid

A British team is expected to make an attempt on the world land speed record for a steam-powered vehicle at some point over the next week, it has been revealed.

The Hampshire adventurers have travelled to the Edwards Air Base in California, US, with the British Steam Car to make their attempt, but have suffered a number of setbacks along the way, including rain and then heatwave conditions. Fuelling problems meant the group had to abort another scheduled test.

If the team, based in Lymington, fails to make their bid within a week, the record attempt could be delayed by at least 10 days because the official timekeepers booked to oversee the event have other commitments.

The car, christened Inspiration, was declared eligible for the attempt on the 103-year-old FIA record of 127mph after being inspected by the Southern Timing Association and the FIA.

The 25ft-long British Steam Car - dubbed the "fastest kettle in the world" - hopes to smash the longest officially recognised land speed record by reaching a target velocity of 170mph.

The record of 127mph is held by American Fred Marriott who reached those speeds in 1906 driving his Stanley steam car at the Daytona Beach Road Course.

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