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Last Updated: Wednesday August 26 2009 07:15 GMT

Steam-powered car breaks record

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A team of British engineers have chuffed their way into the record books with a steam powered car!

Their car, called Inspiration, clocked an average speed of 139.843mph on an airbase in the Mojave Desert in the US.

That smashed the previous record for a steam car, which was set over a hundred years ago, back in 1906.

For the record to stand, the team from Hampshire had to finish two runs over a mile in opposite directions, less than an hour apart.

The car was driven by Charles Burnett III from Lymington, Hampshire.

It was made from a mixture of lightweight carbon-fibre and aluminium wrapped around a steel frame, and has 12 boilers containing nearly two miles of tubing.