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
UPDATE 24/08: Following Triumph’s visit to the Salt Flats earlier this month, where Guy Martin piloted the fastest triumph to-date, the British motorcycle manufacturer will return in mid-September. Martin must ride the Infor Rocket Streamliner past 376.8mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats to clinch a new motorcycle land speed record.
Designer Matt Markstaller is confident the Triumph team can etch themselves into the record books in Utah ‘,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.’
After achieving a speed of 274.2mph at the Salt Flats on 8 August 2016, Triumph’s Infor Rocket Streamliner has become the world’s fastest ever Triumph. This run has eclipsed the previous official Triumph record that stood at 245.667mph, as well as the unofficial Triumph Record of 264mph, both set by Bob Leppan, in the Gyronaut X-1.
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.'
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.’