Guy Martin’s land speed record shock

The TV su­per­star is go­ing to pi­lot a 1000bhp Tri­umph at the end of Au­gust

Motorcycle Monthly - - Front Page - Words by: Tony Carter

It will sur­prise a few peo­ple in the land speed chas­ing club that Tri­umph has landed none other than Guy Martin to pi­lot its awe­some Tri­umph Rocket III Stream­liner. The spe­cially-built top-end ma­chine is pow­ered by two 2.3 litre Tri­umph Rocket III en­gines and kicks out 1000bhp. Martin is go­ing to pi­lot the bullet-shaped speed ma­chine at the Bon­neville Speed­way Salt Flats in Utah, USA be­tween Au­gust 23 and 27. Martin and Tri­umph will have to go faster than 376.363mph over the mea­sured mile in two sep­a­rate runs to take the record. If they are suc­cess­ful then the team will get the speed record back for Tri­umph since the Bri­tish firm last held the crown back in 1970.

Tri­umph has 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 in­cluded Devil’s Arrow, Texas Cee­gar, Dudek Stream­liner and Gy­ro­naut X1, the for­mer achiev­ing a top speed of 245.667mph.

To­day’s fastest speed, held by Rocky Robin­son since 2010 rid­ing the Top Oil-Ack At­tack stream­liner, sits at 376.363mph.

The 2015 Tri­umph Rocket Stream­liner fea­tures a car­bon Kevlar mono­coque con­struc­tion with two tur­bocharged Tri­umph Rocket III en­gines pro­duc­ing a com­bined 1,000 bhp at 9,000 rpm.

The mo­tor­cy­cle is 25.5 feet long, two feet wide and three feet tall. Pow­ered by methanol fuel, the bike is com­pet­ing in the Di­vi­sion C (stream­lined mo­tor­cy­cle) cat­e­gory.

Guy will have to go faster than 376.363mph twice to bag the record.

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