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Motor Technology has supplied three gearboxes used on support rigs during the British Steam Car’s successful attempt to break the land-speed record for steam-powered vehicles.

The British Steam Car, owned by The Steam Car Company and driven by Charles Burnett III, broke the existing land-speed record at Edwards Air Force base in California, US, by achieving an average speed of 139.843mph after two consecutive runs of a measured mile.

The following day, the British Steam Car was driven again, this time by Don Wales, over a measured kilometre.

He achieved an average speed of 148.308mph over two consecutive runs, again breaking the world record.

Both records have been recorded and ratified by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).

Motor Technology supplied Tramec EP 120 planetary gearboxes with ratios of 7:1 and a high output torque of 150N.

They were used as speed reducers on the test rigs and were fitted in-between a 31HP Briggs and Stratton engine and a high-pressure pump operating at speeds of up to 400rpm.

The gearboxes are maintenance free and had to operate at temperatures over 37C.

The rigs performed a vital role during the challenge as they were used to quickly and efficiently refuel the cars in-between each of the two consecutive runs.

Motor Technology

For over 25 years Motor Technology has supplied servo and automation components, including motion controllers, servo drives and motors, feedback devices, precision gearboxes and couplings, all backed by our sales and technical support.

Our in-house design team has worked with some of the biggest names in industry to design and install drive and control systems, and provide solutions for everything from the relatively simple right the way through to the most complex and demanding of applications.

Catering to maintenance engineers we also offer a spare parts and in-house repair service. Whether you are looking for a replacement product or require an equivalent component, we are here to assist you. Drawing on our experience and knowledge of the servo and motion control market we can also source products from outside our standard range. Very often we can even replace out-of-date components by sourcing compatible products manufactured under license.

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