With testing and practice runs completed, TT-star Guy Martin and the Triumph team will return to Bonneville Salt Flats later this month and attempt to smash the current World Land Speed Record of 376.8 mph. The target is 400 mph on the 11-mile long course.
In the course of testing the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner, a speed of 274.2 mph was reached on 9th August, setting a record for ‘fastest ever Triumph’.
In attempting the speed record, weather and course conditions are crucial and the team felt that the salt surface wasn’t yet capable of supporting the top-speed run. FIM course manager Mike Cook has identified the middle of September as being the optimum time for a return to the Flats for the speed record attempt.
Crew Chief and Streamliner designer Matt Markstaller said: “While conditions were some of the best I have seen over the last few years, we feel there’s still some room for improvement. When chasing a record such as this on two wheels the conditions have to be the very best they can be. We feel that waiting a few further weeks will provide us with even better conditions and put us in the ideal position to make our record attempt.”
The Triumph Infor Rocket 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, 2 feet wide and 3 feet tall. Powered by methanol fuel, the bike is competing in the Division C (streamlined motorcycle) category.
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