TRIUMPH CONFIRMS SEPTEMBER DATE FOR LAND SPEED RECORD ATTEMPT AT BONNEVILLE

    23/08/2016

    Following a successful practice session at the Bonneville Salt Flats, achieving a speed of 274.2 mph to become the world’s fastest ever Triumph , Triumph Motorcycles has confirmed the attempt to set a new outright motorcycle Land Speed World Record will take place mid-September, 2016, weather permitting.

    Piloted by TT star Guy Martin the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner will return to the famous Bonneville salt flats and attempt to beat the current 376.8mph record speed on an 11 mile-long course. Despite having a good course surface for testing the team felt that the salt wasn’t yet fully capable of supporting a top-speed streamliner run. In consultation with FIM course manager Mike Cook  the team are targeting the September dates as the best possible opportunity for the optimal course conditions required for the record attempt.

    The practice week, which ended with the 274.2mph run on Tuesday 9th August, demonstrated that both the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner and rider Guy Martin are ready for the task ahead.  Martin’s first week in the streamliner saw him master the controls of the 1,000bhp streamliner very quickly - achieving all of the goals set by Crew Chief and Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner designer Matt Markstaller and his team.

    When asked about returning in September Markstaller commented: “We achieved a great deal during our test week at Bonneville and feel we are in a great position to move ahead with our record attempt. Guy settled into the streamliner very quickly and impressed us with the speed in which he mastered both the motorcycle and riding on the salt.

    “While conditions were some of the best I have seen over the last few years, we feel there is 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, to give us the greatest chance of achieving the speeds we require to set a new record. 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

    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 1,000+ HP. It is 25.5’ long, 2’ wide and 3’ tall, a true rocket on two wheels powered by methanol fuel, the bike is competing in the Division C (streamlined motorcycle) category.

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    THE HISTORY

    From 1955 to 1970, a Triumph powered streamliner held the absolute motorcycle land speed world record.

    That legend began in 1954 at Pete Dalio’s Triumph shop in Dallas (operating today as Big 'D' Cycles). On a Saturday afternoon shortly after closing, legendary Triumph mechanic and tuner Jack Wilson recalls, when “Pete, myself and Stormy Mangham were sitting around talking about how Wilhelm Herz had raised the record to 180 mph on an NSU.”

    That brief conversation set in motion the events that would forever alter motorcycle history. 

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    Title partner for Triumph’s 2016 record attempt will be global cloud applications provider Infor with further support from iconic clothing brand Belstaff.

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    Guy Martin - Guy Martin Racing

    Guy Martin is an accomplished British motorcycle road racer, adventure seeker, TV personality and mechanic. He is known for competing in the acclaimed Isle of Man TT, Ulster Grand Prix and North West 200. Riding a Smiths Racing Triumph Daytona 675R during the 2015 Isle of Man TT races, Guy completed the event with 3rd and 5th place finishes. No stranger to speed, Guy is relishing in the prospect of bringing the FIM world land speed record back to Triumph – and the UK – after an absence of 45 years. Follow Guy’s journey as he attempts to break the land speed record at www.GuyMartinRacing.co.uk

    Matt Markstaller - Hot Rod Conspiracy

    Hot Rod Conspiracy is led by aerodynamic engineer Matt Markstaller, who manages test and development engineering for Daimler Trucks in Portland, Oregon. In addition to developing aerodynamic designs that improve vehicle speed, handling and fuel efficiency, the Hot Rod Conspiracy team creates one-of-a-kind performance vehicles featured in national magazines and the industry-leading SEMA show. For more information visit HotRodConspiracy.com



    Bob Carpenter - Carpenter Racing

    Carpenter Racing, operated by two time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion Bob Carpenter, is the motorcycle industry’s leading performance cylinder head porting resource. One of Carpenter’s more popular products is his proprietary Triumph Rocket III performance package that produces 240 rear wheel horsepower. The fully streetable performance package has turned in quarter-mile drag strip times of 8.99 seconds and 155mph and set American (AMA) and International (FIM) world land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats at 175mph. To learn more, please visit CarpenterRacing.com

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