1000bhp Triumph streamliner has successfully passed the 270mph mark at Bonneville, with Guy Martin at the helm. The team is planning to return in September for an all-out record attempt
It’s sixty years since Triumph triumphed at the Bonneville Salt Flats and now the British marque is out to make history again in Utah.
Triumph and Bonneville go back a long way. After all, the famous Salt Flats – home to so many land speed records – inspired Triumph’s most iconic motorcycle, the Bonneville, after Johnny Allen set a new land speed record of 193.72 mph on Triumph engines in 1956.
The first T120 Bonneville model was unveiled at the Earls Court Bike Show and went on sale in 1959. Now, sixty years later and on somewhat more sophisticated machinery, the marque is attempting to break the motorcycle world land speed record once again.
And who could be a more fitting rider for the occasion than intrepid land-speed veteran Guy Martin. To break the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) World Record, Martin will ride a Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner powered by two Triumph Rocket III engines, producing a staggering 1000 bhp.
This machine, along with the most famous sideburns in Britain, will seek to break the current record of 376.363 mph, using all the might this 1000bhp beast can muster.
And what a machine it is…
The Triumph Infor Rocket features a carbon Kevlar monocoque construction with two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines producing a combined 1000 bhp at 9000rpm. The motorcycle is 25.5 feet long, two feet wide and three feet tall. Powered by methanol fuel, the motorcycle is competing in the Division C (streamlined motorcycle) category.
Triumph has a history of breaking land speed records, holding the title of ‘World's Fastest Motorcycle’ between 1955 to 1970.
Guy Martin said: ‘I can’t wait to take the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner onto the salt at Bonneville for the first time this summer. The Triumph engineers have built an amazing machine, giving us the very best chance to beat the two-wheeled land speed record.’