Gulf back drag racing King

Published: 03 February 2011

Normally associated with the world’s leading sports cars, Gulf’s distinctive powder blue and orange racing colours will now adorn that of the most advanced Top Fuel bike today – raced by Brit Ian King, the five-times European Top Fuel Bike champion...

Featuring innovations new to drag racing and using state of art clutch, fuel and ignition control technologies this groundbreaking bike is currently under construction in the workshops of Puma Engineering, the world-renowned manufacturer of nitromethane powered drag racing motorcycles.

The 1500bhp Gulf Racing Top Fuel Motorcycle, capable of accelerating from 0-250mph in under six seconds, will be ridden by Ian King, five-time European Top Fuel Bike champion and crewed by the most decorated team in European Top Fuel competition, King Racing.

The bike will compete using Gulf’s premium range of lubricants and gear oils as it aims to become the fastest accelerating Top Fuel motorcycle in the world.

“We are excited to be involved with the most sophisticated motorcycle of its type in the world,” explained Keith Jewers, Director Gulf Retail. “It is a fine example of engineering excellence and an ideal platform to demonstrate the performance and quality of Gulf’s lubricants.”

“We are delighted that Gulf has chosen King Racing to become part of their illustrious motorsport history,” said Ian King, Team Principal of King Racing. “The iconic Gulf brand and the quality of their products are a perfect fit with our team and other blue chip associates.”


Performance potential

0-60 mph: 0.7 secs 0-100 mph: 1.1 secs

0-250 mph: under 6 secs


Machine Specifications

• Estimated 1500 Horsepower depending on tune

• Purpose built Puma engine, with aluminium cases and billet steel crankshaft

• 1584cc inline 4 cylinder

• 12V DOHC billet aluminium cylinder head with aluminium bronze hemispheres

• Supercharged, over 430 litres of air and fuel into the engine per second

• Fuel injected, consuming over 11 gallons of Nitromethane per minute

• 8 inch three plate multistage clutch

• Fuel injection / clutch management by electronic, hydraulic & pneumatic systems

• 14 inch wide rear slick tyre

• Puma Engineering Chrome Molybdenum chassis, 102 inch wheelbase

• Full aluminium bodywork

• Braking by two 4 piston calipers at front, 6 piston caliper at rear and parachute assisted

• Onboard multichannel datalogging and analysis system