How does the Evel Spirit Work?
‘It’s very simple’ Eddie Braun says of his Evel Spirit rocket. ‘It’s hot water – it’s a steam motor. It has a tank that is filled with extremely hot water under high pressure. The water is steamed to 500 degrees so when I hit the launch button it was like popping the cork on a bottle of champagne. It all comes out at once – 10,000bhp. There’s no way of regulating it whatsoever.” Even during the flight, Braun had practically no control over the craft. “We had some little wings at the front that I had the option of controlling with pedals but I chose not to use them so we locked them in place” he says. “I figured that all I would achieve with them was to screw the whole thing up so we never used them!”
The team used blueprints from Evel’s original Sky Cycle rocket Evel Spirit takes shape Of course, it had to be stars & stripes A small team kept the design simple
There were no practice runs for Braun and his team