Triumph Motorcycles, Bonneville Salt Flats, and Land Speed Record, they all have one thing in common – The Land Speed Record.
On August 8th 2016, Isle of Man TT legend Guy Martin hopped on to a Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner. He managed to set the Land speed record for the fastest Triumph ever, at 274.2 miles per hour. The fastest two wheel land speed record of Rocky Robinson at 376.363 mph or 605.697 kmph is still intact. Rocky had achieved the speed on his Top Oil-Ack Attack streamliner in 2010.
Guy Martin with this record has managed to beat the previous records of Bob Leppan. Bob used his Gyronaut X-1 to set the official record at 245.667mph. His unofficial record was at 264mph.
Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner
The record setting machine for Triumph is a carbon Kevlar monocoque construction with two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines. The two engines on this streamliner deliver a combined power of 1000 bhp at 9,000 rpm. This mean and fast machine is 25.5 feet long, 2 feet wide and 3 feet tall. The team used the methanol fuel and competed in the Division C category, that is, streamlined motorcycle.
Preparation to the Land Speed Record
Guy Martin and the Team’s successful practice days on the Bonneville salts helped them achieve their goal of being the fastest Triumph on the flats. Throughout the practice week, Guy Martin impressed his crew chief and designer Matt Markstaller with his required level of control and how he mastered the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner.
With near perfect conditions and a steady start, Guy Martin accelerated the 25.5 feet long Triumph Infor Rocket to the speed of 274.2 miles per hour. By the time he brought the machine to stop after the two mile marker, at the team’s base camp, he had broken the 46 year old Triumph Record.
With this record, Guy Martin has proved his commitment to break the World Land Speed Record on two wheels. The team is happy with his growing confidence on the Bonneville Flats. When asked about becoming the fastest ever Triumph record holder Martin commented: “It’s good and we are moving in the right direction, but it is just one step on the way to what me and team are here to do.”
Vimal Sumbly, Managing Director, Triumph Motorcycles India said, “I congratulate Guy Martin for achieving the feat of riding the fastest ever Triumph. We are keeping a close watch on the developments at the Bonneville Salt Flats and hope the new land speed record comes home.”
History of Landspeed records
Triumph has a history of breaking the land speed record, holding the title of ‘World’s Fastest Motorcycle’ between 1955 to 1970*.
The record-breaking Triumph Streamliners included:
- Devil’s Arrow
- Texas Cee-gar
- Dudek Streamliner
- Gyronaut X1
The iconic Bonneville name was conceived following Johnny Allen’s land-speed record runs at the Salt Flats in September 1956, when he reached the record breaking speed of 193.72 mph. The first T120 Bonneville model was unveiled at the Earls Court Bike Show and went on sale in 1959.
You can follow Triumph’s progress to break the record here.