Mojave, California – A British team that is attempting to break a century-old world land speed record for steam-powered vehicles has reported making several successful test runs at California’s Edwards Air Force Base.

The British Steam Car, a 25-foot-long (7.6-metre) vehicle dubbed “the fastest kettle in the world,” reached speeds of over 131 mph (210.8 km/h) in its four runs.

This is faster than the current world record, but officials from the FIA, the sanctioning body that must authenticate the run, were not present, and the speed is not officially recognized.

The FIA will set up the course on August 17, and official record attempts will be made from August 18 to 22.

The current official FIA record is 127 mph (204.3 km/h), set by an American, Fred Marriott, who drove a Stanley Steamer in 1906.

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