Video: Guy Martin gets first look at Bonneville record streamliner

Published: 10 July 2015

Just a day after news broke of Guy Martin’s forthcoming 400mph Bonneville speed record attempt later this year the racing star can be seen in this new video getting his first sight of the streamliner he will race.

Martin will be making the trip out to the famous Bonneville Salt Flats at the end of August this eyar and will attempt to break a land speed record in a streamliner Triumph which is powered by two massive Rocket III engines packing two turbos and 1000bhp.

The video has been released as the build-up to the record attempt starts and shows Martin getting his first sight of the machine along with his first chance to sit inside the carbon fibre bike and even get the canopy put on for the full effect.

The speed record attempt is an attempt to bring the speed record back to the British firm – and the UK – after an absence of 45 years.

The challenge is being filmed for a new Channel 4 documentary, continuing the success of 'Speed with Guy Martin', which comprised two incredibly popular previous series, as well as the 'Our Guy in India' special, and 'Guy Martin's Spitfire'. 

The current record stands at 376.363 mph, the Triumph team is aiming to surpass that over the measured mile.

Triumph have a long legacy of smashing the land speed record and held the title of ‘World's Fastest Motorcycle’ from 1955 to 1970 with the exception of a brief 33 day period. The record-breaking Triumph Streamliners which included: Devil's Arrow, Texas Cee-gar, Dudek Streamliner and Gyronaut X1, the former achieving a top speed of 245.667 mph (395.28 km/h). Today's bar, held by Rocky Robinson since 2010 riding the Top Oil-Ack Attack streamliner, sits at 376.363 mph (605.697 km/h).

The 2015 Triumph Rocket Streamliner features a carbon Kevlar monocoque construction with two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines producing a combined 1000bhp at 9000 rpm. The motorcycle is 25.5 feet long, 2 feet wide and 3 feet tall. Powered by methanol fuel, the bike will compete in the Division C (streamlined motorcycle) category.

With final testing scheduled at the Bonneville Salt Flats in mid-July, Triumph and Martin will attempt to make history and retake the record from August 23-27, 2015.