Nelson Hoyos to lead TeamSteamUSA for the land speed record at Bonneville
Nelson Hoyos will serve as Director of Development for Cyclone Power Technologies (OTCQB: CYPW) LSR car and performance division, known as TeamSteamUSA, as well as oversee its management, marketing and sponsorship activities.
Frankly, this reporter has been wondering when the LSR run would actually take place. I covered the LSR when it first came out. Read: Cyclone-Williams' presents steam-powered LSR racer at American Veterans' Benefit as well as Cyclone-Williams Steam-Powered Speedster nearing completion.
First it was scheduled for Bonneville for August, 2011, then business needs like customer contracts came into play, and the run had to be delayed. As a business-oriented guy, I fully understood, but then there was news of using the NASA landing runway for development, and possibly a run there. Then the news went blank.
According to the latest news release, though, Cyclone's alliance with Hoyos is a major development for the company. Not only does he bring the knowledge, experience and proven track record to build a winning LSR team, but also strong and established contacts with renowned technology firms which can help advance the performance of the Cyclone Engines.
Moreover, Hoyos' leadership in building Cyclone's new Bonneville-compliant LSR chassis and body, and his hands-on participation in engine and drivetrain integration, are expected to provide Cyclone with the extra manpower needed to pursue this project without detracting from the Company's focus on customer contracts, including Raytheon, the U.S. Army and Phoenix Power.
For the record, Nelson Hoyos is a two-time NHRA Champion and Turbo Magazine "Driver of the Year." Involved in the development, racing and business aspects of motorsports for over 30 years, he has also been instrumental in leading high profile multi-million dollar race teams and marketing programs for the U.S. Navy, Ford and Chevrolet Racing Divisions.
As factory driver and engine technologies advisor, Hoyos has set numerous drag racing records for Ford and Chevy, and set a land speed record at Bonneville in excess of 243 mph for the GM Performance/Chevrolet division. Hoyos founded and currently runs the Driven2Win Drag Racing School in Florida.
So, it looks like the LSR is game-on for Cyclone Power Technologies.
As per the website, the race car is designed by Harry Schoell and Nelson Hoyos. This steam powered streamliner is thus being set to bring the Land Speed Record for steam vehicles back to the United States. During the first attempt Cyclone will be putting in a stock 100HP Mark V engine. This is the same stock engine that the company plans to develop for consumer vehicles and it is projected to reach 160 mph, beating the current record with an engine that actually has practical use.
More About Cyclone Power Technologies
Cyclone Power Technologies is the developer of the award-winning Cyclone Engine - an all-fuel, clean-tech engine with the power and versatility to run everything from waste energy electric generators and solar thermal systems to cars, trucks and locomotives. Invented by company founder and CEO Harry Schoell, the patented Cyclone Engine is an eco-friendly external combustion engine, ingeniously designed to achieve high thermal efficiencies through a compact heat-regenerative process, and to run on virtually any fuel - including bio-diesels, syngas or solar - while emitting fewer greenhouse gases and irritating pollutants into the air.
The Cyclone Engine was recognized by Popular Science Magazine as the Invention of the Year for 2008, and was presented with the Society of Automotive Engineers' AEI Tech Award in 2006 and 2008. Additionally, Cyclone was named Environmental Business of the Year by the Broward County Environmental Protection Department.
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