• Short Summary

    An Australian-designed steam car--unveiled for the first time at the Sydney Motor Show on 25 August--is being promoted as an answer to the world-wide problem of automotive exhaust pollution.

  • Description

    An Australian-designed steam car--unveiled for the first time at the Sydney Motor Show on 25 August--is being promoted as an answer to the world-wide problem of automotive exhaust pollution.

    The car has an almost silent engine, a clean exhaust, a body designed for safety and a potential top speed of 200 miles per hour (320 Kms per hour).

    The steam engine and car body were designed and built by a Sydney architect, Mr. Gene van Grecken, who has spent five years and GBP140,000 on the project. He has named it the Gvang (pronounced Jer-Vang).

    The engine uses kerosene to produce steam in a generator, the power output of which is controlled by a small computer. The engine has a direct drive to the rear axle and there are no gears.

    The car body is hand-beaten from aluminum and much of the engine is aluminum to give the car a high power to weight ratio.

    Entry to the car thorough a roof canopy leaves the stressed aluminum side panels unbroken and better able to withstand clashes.

    The Gvang is purely experimental and won't be available for sale.

    Mr. van Grecken has filed for patent rights to the engine and an Australian engine manufacturer is testing the steam power plant for possible use in trucks and marine craft.

    An oil company is negotiating to supply special fuels and oil for the car, although its designer claims the engine will run on Kerosene, diesel oil or other fuel.

    After the Sydney Motor Show, Mr. van Grecken will attempt to break the steam car speed record of 127 miles per hour (204 Kms per hour) set by a Stanley steamer 67 years ago.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAALC61VVP5B8MIXX6C300MTSM2
    Media URN:
    VLVAALC61VVP5B8MIXX6C300MTSM2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/08/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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