Hoyos will run the Streamliner at Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Strip in Cape Canaveral, FL, for the FIA World Record and at Bonneville Salt Flats for the US record.
Hoyos’ goal is to surpass both the current US and World Record for a steam-powered automobile. The current US record for a steam powered vehicle was set in 1906 by Fred Marriott with a top speed of 127.659 miles per hour. The British duo of Charles Burnett III and Don Wales set the FIA Land Speed Record for a steam powered automobile in 2009 with a two-day average speed of 148.308 miles per hour.
This weekend marks the first public showing of the yellow and black world record setting vehicle. Hoyos assembled a team of engineers with the support of Harry Schoell, founder and chairman of Cyclone Power Technologies and inventor of core power source of the Team Steam USA Streamliner – the Cyclone Mark 6 Engine.
“It is fitting that we debut the Team Steam USA steam-powered Cyclone Engine Streamliner at PRI,” said Nelson Hoyos, Professional Driver and Cyclone Performance Division Director. “I’ve been given the opportunity to create an automobile and performance division within Cyclone dedicated to showcasing and advancing the Cyclone Engine’s powerful, safe and efficient use in automotive applications. I’m confident that Team Steam USA will be able to demonstrate these attributes to the world by breaking land speed records with a truly green engine.”
The Team Steam USA Streamliner is powered by a six-cylinder, radial Cyclone Engine - a compact, heat regenerative, external combustion engine developed to achieve high thermal efficiencies and power-to-weight ratio. The engine 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.