Several people at the Steam Automobile Club of America meeting are working on the Land Steam Record – a race for the top speed in a steam car. The current record is 148 mph, set in 2009 by the British. Here is an interview with Chuk Williams, lead developer for the US Land Steam Record (USLSR) team:
USLSR is teaming up with Cyclone Technologies, discussed in the last post, who will provide the lightweight, high performance steam engine for the project. Here is a picture from a post in Make magazine:
Our interest in USLSR, after meeting Chuk- lies in moving steam power technology forward – while breaking misconceptions regarding the feasibility of steam cars – and while pointing out the multi-fuel, clean-burn, lubrication-oil-free nature of steam engines like the Cyclone. For those of you concerned about cost, studies by Dutcher Industries done back in the 1980s in California showed that the cost and weight of a steam car engine is comparable to the cost and weight of gasoline engines. Contact Tom Kimmel at SACA for a copy of this study if you are interested. And as far as modern steam goes – the complete Cyclone Technology engine may weigh less than an equivalent gasoline power plant.
Here we team up to introduce a crowd funding basket for the USLSR project. They need money (just like us, Chuk is not made of money), we think they are worth supporting, so if you think so as well, chip in. This Chipin is addressed directly to the USLSR account. Chuk is volunteering his time, and all proceeds go to materials and real costs. Spread the word.