Guy Martin confirms Triumph speed record attempt at Bonneville
Guy Martin and Triumph Motorcycles have officially confirmed that they will return to the legendary salt flats of Bonneville, USA, this month to break the motorcycle world land speed record – as reported in MCN on July 13.
Triumph’s aim is to exceed the current record that stands at 376.363 mph, using its purpose built 1000 bhp Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner, which will be piloted over the measured mile will be Isle of Man TT racer and multiple speed record holder, Guy Martin – with a little bit of help from global cloud applications provider Infor, and clothing brand Belstaff.
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The Triumph Infor Rocket features a carbon Kevlar monocoque construction with two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines producing a combined 1000bhp @ 9000rpm. The enclosed motorcycle is 25.5 feet long, 2 feet wide and 3 feet tall, and runs on methanol. Guy will run the Rocket in the Division C (streamlined motorcycle) category.
Triumph have a strong history of breaking the land speed record, with previous record-breakers including: 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 record, held by Rocky Robinson since 2010 riding the Top Oil Ack Attack streamliner, sits at 376.363mph (605.697km/h).
“I can’t wait to take the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner onto the salt at Bonneville for the first time this summer," said Guy Martin "The Triumph engineers have built an amazing machine, giving us the very best chance to beat the two-wheeled land speed record.”
The iconic Bonneville name was conceived following Johnny Allen’s land-speed record runs at the Salt Flats in September 1956, when he reached the record breaking speed of 193.72 mph. The first T120 Bonneville model was unveiled at the Earls Court Bike Show and went on sale in 1959.
See more in MCN as the record attempt unfolds, and you can also follow the team's progress via Triumph's website.