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Old 07-26-2017, 08:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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55mph at Bonneville

Just A Car Guy: Team McLeish Bros compressed air streamliner Silver Rod went 55 mph on the salt



'Fueled' from three SCUBA tanks. The chassis can be configured as a two-wheel streamliner or a four-[open]wheel Lakester.

Two way average of 46mph, dreams of 300mph.

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Old 07-27-2017, 04:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow! I met these guys at a couple parties four or five years ago. We discussed my car. They were talking animatedly about this project. So we had this funny short conversation about fuel economy and compressed air. I wondered about the energy expended to compress the air. Great to see they pulled this off.
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As I understand it the trick with compressed air energy storage is removing heat as it compresses and then adding heat as it expands.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compre...orage#Diabatic

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