The world’s fastest kettle (outside of the UK)

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It took more than 100 years before the British turned their hand to securing the steam powered Land Speed Record, when the British Inspiration team completed two runs at an average of 148mph. The record, set in 2009, was taken from the Americans, and they now want it back.

Clearly irked by the British holding yet another record, the Americans have taken an incredible steam engine, modified a Ron Main chassis, and in five months with around $500,000, have created a car that it hopes will power Nelson Hoyos to 200mph early in 2013. Just to make sure the British don’t think that they can step back into the arena for another 100 years, the team has another engine that will take the car to 400mph.

Clearly the rivalry between the two countries is as chipper as ever – the car was displayed at the PRI Show in Orlando with 1777 emblazoned on the tail fin. For the Brits, this date is significant because it was the year that Dolly Pentreath died, the last fluent speaker of the Cornish language. For the animal lovers, it was the date that T’ui Malila was born, the longest living animal on record, a tortoise that died in 1965.

For the Americans, however, it is a date that holds interest because it was during this year that the rebels unsportingly tricked the British army into defeat at Saratoga, New York, a fact that Hoyos was delighted to point out to me at the show. So delighted was he, in fact, that he insisted that I become the first Brit to sit in his car. Clearly unaware of my reputation for breaking things, he allowed me to climb aboard and sit in the cockpit.

It smelled of defeat. And no, despite pushing and pulling various switches, I didn’t break anything. Even when I kicked the car. ‘You won’t hurt it,’ said Hoyos, with annoying satisfaction.

From an engineering point of view, however, it might work. The car uses a patented Cyclone system that uses water as both its working fluid, and lubricant, meaning that it can operate at extremely high temperatures without oil in the system. The water can be super-heated by virtually anything combustible, including kerosene, alcohol, gasoline or diesel. First designed for military use in a submarine, its designer Harry Shoell wants to raise the profile of his technology and linked with drag racer Hoyos to create a steam driven record car.

The compact engine produces 850lbs/ft of torque, is extremely compact, and produces 100bhp at 3,600 rpm. With this power, no transmission is needed. The bigger engine produces more than 2,000lbs/ft of torque and will require a bit more engineering, but as the chassis can handle 400mph, the team is confident that it can achieve this milestone comfortably.

This is a project that could be put into production. Who wouldn’t want an engine that is versatile enough to work underwater and power a land speed record car?

In the spirit of generosity, we at London-based Racecar Engineering, wish Team Steam USA luck with their record attempt. But for now Britain still has the fastest kettle in the world. Cup of tea anyone?

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US team eyes land speed steam record

The Team Steam USA land speed record car has been revealed at the PRI trade show in Orlando. Based on the ground breaking designs of the George Poteet and Ron Main Bonneville-proven streamliner, Speed Demon, the Cyclone vehicle features state-of-the-art technology.  The body will is approximately 25’ long, 33” wide and 34” high (not including tail). The vehicle will has a drag coefficient (Cd) of an amazing 0.08 The Cyclone Engine powering the car is a compact, heat regenerative, external combustion engine that has been developed to achieve high thermal efficiencies and power-to-weight ratio. The engine, invented by Harry Schoell, operates on a Schoell cycle, and uses multiple heat recapturing processes off its cylinders, exhaust manifold and condenser to achieve thermal efficiencies over 30%.upsteam

The Cyclone Engine uses water as both its working fluid and lubricant, and can operate at super-critical pressures and temperatures, which results in greater power output relative to its size. The Cyclone is capable of running on virtually any liquid or gaseous fuel, including 100% biofuels any liquid or gaseous fuel, including 100% biofuels and combusts these fuels much cleaner than an internal combustion engine. The 6-cylinder, radial-format Engine weighs only 250lbs (with combustion chamber), produces 100hp @ 3600rpm, and generates an impressive 850lbs-ft of torque at starting. With this power, no transmission is needed, ultimately making commercial vehicles lighter and cheaper.

Fred Marriott set the Land Speed Record for steam engines of 127.659 MPH. He drove a steam powered car built by the Stanley Brothers and nicknamed the “Rocket”. This record was set in 1906 on the Florida sands of Ormand Beach.

In 1985 one of the Lear turbines found its way into a car which had been brought to the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah, USA for an attempt at the steam powered Land Speed record. Over the course of several years the car progressed from 110 MPH to a measured speed of 145.607 MPH. This was the official speed set by Bob Barber but was not recognized by the FIA. The British Steam Car team always recognized this speed as the record to emulate.

Fred Marriott’s mark for the steam land speed record, which had become the longest-standing record, was officially broken more than 100 years later in August 2009. Driver Charles Burnett III, of the “Inspiration” team recorded an average speed of 139.843 mph (225.06 km/h) at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The next day Don Wales ran the car and set the current Land Speed Record for steam engines at 148.308 mph. Using a modified jet turbine that took 10 years to complete, the Brits took Marriott’s 100 year old record by a slim margin.

 

What is Cyclone Performance LLC – Team Steam USA

 

The Goal:  Set World FIA Land Speed Record for Steam Powered Vehicles The goal of Team Steam USA is to reclaim the World FIA Land Speed Record for Steam Powered Vehicles set by the British Team “Inspiration” in 2009.

Team Steam USA will set both the FIA Land Speed Record and the Bonneville Salt Flats Speed Record for Steam Powered Vehicles by attempting to run more than 200 mph.

Run for the Record

Team Steam USA, has been invited by NASA to make test runs and ultimately “Run for the Record” at the Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Strip in Cape Canaveral, FL. This has a huge historical significance since it is just a few miles from Ormond Beach, the original site of the first Steam Record (127.659 mph) set by Fred Marriot driving the “Rocket” owned by the Stanley Brothers in 1906.

The Engine:  Team Steam USA Cyclone Engine
The Cyclone Engine is a compact, heat regenerative, external combustion engine that has been developed to achieve high thermal efficiencies and power-to-weight ratio. The engine, invented by Harry Schoell, operates on a Schoell cycle, and uses multiple heat recapturing processes off its cylinders, exhaust manifold and condenser to achieve thermal efficiencies over 30%. The Cyclone Engine uses water as both working fluid and lubricant, and can operate at super-critical pressures and temperatures, which results in greater power output relative to its size.

The Car:  Team Steam USA Streamliner

The Cyclone Team Steam USA Streamliner’s unique aerodynamic shape was conceived from the race proven design of the Poteet & Main “Speed Demon” Bonneville Streamliner that has recorded runs in excess of 400 mph with a piston engine. This body shape will provide Team Steam USA with unprecedented, ultra-low drag coefficient, to maximize the power output of the Cyclone Steam Engine for the targeted attempt of 200 mph to set the new FIA World Steam Vehicle Record.

Cylinders: Six, radial format Cyclone Engine

Horsepower:  100 hp at 3600 rpm

Torque:  850 ft-lbs of torque

Engine Weight: 300 lbs.

Transmission:  None (Direct Drive)

Vehicle Weight: 1800 lbs.

The Team:  Nelson Hoyos, Cyclone Performance Division Director, Professional Driver

Two-time NHRA Sport Compact Division Champion (2003-2004) Nelson Hoyos is preparing to break the world record for a steam powered engine.  The Cuban born, South Florida resident, Hoyos has a motorsports career that spans more than 30 years.

Hoyos has two speed records on his impressive racing resume.  In 2004, he set the NHRA Pro FWD Sport Compact record 7.406 @ 194.88 mph, and then later that year, set the Bonneville Salt Flats run of 243 mph eclipsing the previous 212 mph.  As a result of those two records, Turbo Magazine named Hoyos the 2004 “Driver of the Year.”

As Performance Division Director, Champion Driver and Chief Instructor at the Driven2Win Drag Racing School, Hoyos is spokesperson, committed to success both on and off the track. He has also earned a strong following as an experienced professional in the motorsports community by involving himself with many professional teams throughout the industry.

At Driven2Win Drag Racing School, Hoyos teaches racing enthusiast the fundamentals of drag racing and provides advanced licensing programs to help them earn IHRA and NHRA competition licenses.

Driven2Win has an Entertainment Division that provides thrill rides to individuals or group events in a specially designed two-seat dragster which can run from 0-100 in three seconds giving riders a 2.5 G-Force launch experience.

The Team:  Harry Schoell, Cyclone Power Technologies Inventor/Founder, Chairman and CTO

Harry Schoell is a lifelong entrepreneur and technology visionary. Schoell is a native Floridian, born in Miami, and a third generation inventor and engineer. He has worked for years to realize his dream to create an environmentally-friendly engine, and has two patents issued and 11 patents pending on the Schoell Cycle Heat Regenerative External Combustion Engine, known as the Cyclone Engine, as well as many other patents pending on the engine’s components in the U.S. and internationally.

Team Steam USA Parent Company

Headquartered in Pompano Beach, Florida, Cyclone Power Technologies is the developer of the award-winning Cyclone Engine – an all fuel, eco-friendly thermal engine with the power and versatility to run everything from power generators fueled by biomass, waste fuels, solar thermal or engine exhaust, to cars, trucks and locomotives. Invented by company founder and CEO Harry Schoell, the patented Cyclone Engine is ingeniously designed to achieve high thermal efficiencies through a compact heat-regenerative process, and to run on virtually any fuel while emitting fewer greenhouse gases and irritating pollutants. Currently in its late stages of development, the Cyclone Engine was recognized by Popular Science Magazine as the Invention of the Year for 2008, and was presented with the Society of Automotive Engineers’ AEI Tech Award in 2006 and 2008.

Team Steam USA Information and ContactsWeb: www.TeamSteamUSA.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CyclonePowerTechnologies

Twitter: @TeamSteam_USA

Media inquiries: PR@TeamSteamUSA.com

For Business Development inquiries: marla@TeamSteamUSA.com

Driven2Win Drag Racing School:  www.Driven2winDragRacingSchool.com

 

Update from PRI with Nelson Hoyos and Team Steam USA

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Nelson Hoyos and the Team Steam USA CycloneEngine Streamliner debuted on Thursday during the opening day of the 25th AnnualPerformance Racing International (PRI) Show at the Orlando Convention Center.

Hundreds of PRI attendees stopped to view the unique steam powered streamliner and chatwith Hoyos and his team. The black and yellow machine modeled after the state-of-the-artstreamliner Speed Demon designed by George Poteet and Ronald Main drew questions frommedia, exhibitors and attendees alike about the story behind the car, engine and goal of theteam.

One of the most popular questions that Hoyos received was about the number on the TeamSteam USA Cyclone – 1777.

“We chose 1777 as the number of the Team Steam USA Cyclone Engine Streamliner becauseit was a significant year in the Revolutionary War,” said Hoyos. “The Battle of Saratoga tookplace in the fall of 1777 when the Americans defeated the British and marked a turning point inthe war.”

Hoyos and Team Steam USA will attempt to defeat the 2009 FIA Land Speed Record for asteam powered automobile set by the British duo of Charles Burnett III and Don Wales (148.308mph) and the 1985 Bonneville Land Speed Record set by Nicholas Barber (145 mph) by postinga top speed of 200 miles per hour.

Hoyos will run the Team Steam USA Cyclone Engine Streamliner at Kennedy Space CenterShuttle Landing Strip in Cape Canaveral, FL, for the FIA World Record and at Bonneville SaltFlats for the US record.

The 25th Annual PRI Show continues through Saturday, December 1, at the Orlando ConventionCenter. The Team Steam USA Cyclone Engine Streamliner is located at the 2000 aisle at theopening to the Pit Stop Café.

Rainmagic Team Steam Update From PRI Show Orlando

 

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POMPANO BEACH, FL, Nov. 29, 2012. Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. (OTCQB: CYPW), developer of the all-fuel, clean-tech Cyclone Engine,announced that it will be displaying its Team Steam USA land speed record streamliner at the Performance Racing Industry trade show today through Saturday, December 1 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Nelson Hoyos, Director of Development for the Company’s subsidiary Cyclone Performance LLC, stated: “We’re excited to give the public its first glimpse of the Team Steam USA streamliner. The body and chassis are complete, and when we return the car to South Florida we will finish the controls wiring and safety equipment installation. Being invited to display our car at the biggest performance racing show in the nation is a great opportunity for our team and Cyclone shareholders.”