Biodiesel-powered BMW breaks world land speed record

Published: 15 September 2007

A custom-built biodiesel motorcycle has shattered the World Land Speed Record for diesel motorcycles at the BUB International Motorcycle Speed Trials at Bonneville Salt Flats, achieving a speed of 130.614 mph (210.203 km/h).

Interestingly, the ‘motorcycle’ – which started life as a BMW R 1150 RT – was in fact powered by a two-litre diesel engine from a BMW 3 Series car.

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  • Custom-built BMW achieved speeds of 130.614mph