We've been following the British Steam Car project for a while now, and now it looks like we've got some happy news to report. The steam-powered troupe of British engineers have unofficially toppled the 127 mph record set by Fred Marriott in his Stanley Steamer back in 1906. The Steam Car made two attempts over a measured mile, reaching speeds of 136 mph the first time and 151 mph after that, for an average speed of 139.843 mph.
It's still unofficial as the ruling agency, the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, hasn't confirmed the record-breaking speeds. If confirmed, the British Steam Car project, after a decade of work on the vehicle, will be the holders of the land speed record for steam-powered vehicles. The Steam Car was driven by one Charles Burnett III.
The British Steam Car, a project 10 years in the making, is no jet, but it does have its share of modern trappings, including carbon-fiber construction. The 3-ton, 25-foot-long vehicle has 12 boilers, and its steam gets superheated to 400 degrees Celsius before being injected into the turbine.