Research and development company Cyclone Power Technologies sends word via a press release that a full-scale model of their Cyclone Engine, a new engine able to run on almost any fuel or combination of fuels — including biofuels — while emitting far fewer pollutants than normal engines, will be put to use by the U.S. Land Steam Record Team (USLSRT) in their attempt to break the land steam record for steam vehicles in Bonneville, UT, later this year.
According to Cyclone Technologies, the Cyclone Engine is “the all-fuel, earth-friendly” solution that the company hopes will one day power a variety of different vehicles and equipment in a clean and sustainable manner. A Rankine Cycle heat regenerative external combustion engine, the company said, the Cyclone Engine operates by first atomizing fuel and injecting it into the centrifugal combustion chamber, converting water contained in the engine’s coils into steam within five seconds from start-up, then piping the steam into six radial-configured cylinders under pressures of up to 3200 psi to pump the pistons down in a specific sequence. The cylinders then feed the steam through exhaust ports, enters a condensing unit where it is converted back into water and deposited into a sealed pan at the bottom of the condenser.
The streamlined USLSRT vehicle itself, which resembles a fire engine-red Batmobile, designed by team leader Chuk Williams, is 21 feet long and has a projected land speed of greater than 200 mph. The website for the vehicle states that the team expects “this vehicle will be induced into the history books as the new Land Speed record holder for Steam Vehicles. The marriage between the Cyclone Engine and the Williams body design will be hard to beat.”