Current record stands at 605.697 km/h.
Legendary motorcycle maker Triumph is lining up a tilt at the Land Speed Record for a ‘bike, at the Bonneville Salt Flats in August.
Isle of Man TT racer, TV presenter and fan favorite Guy Martin will be at the controls for the attempt to break the current record of 605.697 kilometres per hour (376.363 miles per hour), set by Rocky Robinson in 2010.
Martin’s mount is a purpose-built streamliner with a carbon-kevlar monocoque chassis, and measuring 7.77 metres (25.5) feet from stem to stern. Power comes from not one, but two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines producing a combined 1,000 horsepower at 9,000 revs-per-minute on methanol fuel.
Cloud computing specialists Infor and iconic clothing brand Bellstaff are backing the effort.
Apart from a brief 33-day period, Triumph had the motorbike Land Speed Record locked up from 1955 right through to 1970. Among the previous record holding streamliner ‘bikes were the Devil's Arrow, Texas Cee-gar, Dudek Streamliner and Gyronaut X1.
“I can’t wait to take the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner onto the salt at Bonneville for the first time this summer,” Martin said. “The Triumph engineers have built an amazing machine, giving us the very best chance to beat the two-wheeled land speed record.”