Guy Martin’s land speed record shock
The TV superstar is going to pilot a 1000bhp Triumph at the end of August
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.