Cyclone LSR Engine Ready for Record Attempt

American engine manufacturer Cyclone announced today it has completed and already shipped the first high performance Cyclone LSR engine intended for the US Land Steam Record Team and their take at the world land speed record for steam vehicles. The run is scheduled for August this year, on the Bonneville flats.

"This project is moving ahead diligently," said Cyclone's CEO Harry Schoell. "We see the LSR application as a great test of the power and performance of our all-fuel capable, earth friendly Mark V automotive engine."

The engine intended for the speed record attempt is a variant of the Mark V heat-regenerative external combustion engine and is able to develop 180 hp and a maximum starting torque of 850 ft/lbs and 262 ft/lbs at 3600 rpm.

The vehicle in which the engine will finally end up in will be designed, built and driven by Chuk Williams. The project is supported by the Steam Automobile Club of America and benefits from the involvement of former engineers at NASA, Lockheed Martin and MIT.

"The Cyclone engine boasts enormous power in a small, light package," Chuk Williams added. "We are pleased to be working with Harry and his Cyclone development team on this attempt to bring the steam land speed record back to the United States."

The current land speed record was set by Team Inspiration of Great Britain, who drove their vehicle at speeds over 148mph in August 2009. The record is yet to be confirmed by the Federation Internationale d'Automobile.
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