Guy Martin’s attempt on the world land speed record with Triumph is: “All going according to plan,” according to the man himself – and we’ve got a mega-gallery of the first hours on the Bonneville Salt for you.
Yesterday we first brought you the news that Guy and the team were out in Bonneville with the Triumph Streamliner for the squads’s attempt on the record but with the planned record runs happening later in the month it was unclear if this was an early-attempt or a shakedown test.
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Well, now the team has said that this is testing in the 1000bhp Triumph-powered machine. The full-on record attempt it still expected to happen later this month. However, if all the conditions are right and everything is in place then there’s still an outside chance that the crew could decided to put in a record grab earlier than was originally planned.
Triumph Motorcycles held the title of “World’s Fastest Motorcycle” from 1955 to 1970 with the exception of a brief 33-day period. The Triumph streamliners to carry world records were the Devil’s Arrow, Texas Cee-gar, Dudek Streamliner and Gyronaut X1, the last being at 245.60 mph (395.28 km/h). Today’s bar now sits at 376.363 mph (605.697 km/h).
Now Triumph has teamed up with Matt Markstaller and Bob Carpenter and pulled together a team to restore Triumph Motorcycles’ legacy in land speed racing. Markstaller serves as aerodynamic engineer; Carpenter is the high-peformance engine builder; Riding the purpose-built Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner over the measured mile will be Isle of Man TT racer and multiple speed record holder Guy Martin. This multi-national team converges on the Bonneville Salt Flats, a 40 square mile salt pan in northwestern Utah, with the goal of a 400 mph plus record-breaking run.
The Triumph infor Rocket features Carbon Kevlar monocoque construction with two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines producing a combined 1,000bhp+. It is 25.5’ long, 2’ wide and 3’ tall, powered by methanol fuel, the bike is competing in the Division C (streamlined motorcycle) category.
Here’s the first day’s mega gallery: