Guy Martin Set A New Land Speed Record For Triumph
Guy Martin has officially gone 274.2 miles per hour in a two-wheeled rocket. It's hard to wrap your head around what that must feel like, but I have to imagine it's similar to a roller coaster reaching terminal velocity, but for a sustained period of time. On the morning of August 8th, with near perfect conditions out on the salt flats, Martin piloted the Infor Rocket Streamliner past Triumph's previous official record of 245.67 mph. That record was set 46 years ago by Bob Leppan in the Gyronaut X-1, which is wild considering how far technology has come since 1970. The Infor Rocket features a carbon Kevlar monocoque construction with two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines producing a combined 1,000-horsepower at 9,000rpm. It's an impressive 25.5 feet long, two feet wide and three feet tall. The bike gets power from methanol fuel and competes in the Division C land speed record category, which is for streamlined motorcycles. RELATED: See Photos of the 1968 Triumph TR5
Martin is confident that he has a shot at breaking the world record of 376.36 miles per hour when he returns to Bonneville at the end of August. Should he manage to dethrone Rocky Robinson and Top Oil-Ack Attack Streamliner, Triumph would once again hold the title of "World's Fastest Motorcycle", as they did from 1955 to 1970. Topping 400 mph is what Martin and the Triumph team have in mind, so don't be surprised if we're talking about a new two wheeled land speed world record this time next month.
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