Guy Martin is what you would call an adrenaline junky, more specifically a motorsports adrenaline junky. He’s constantly doing some crazy stunts like the “wall of death,” or something like racing his MotoGP BMW superbike against Formula 1 legend David Coulthard around the famous Silverstone racetrack. But his latest fix is to become the fastest man on a motorcycle, or in this case “in” a motorcycle.
The current motorcycle land speed record is 376.36 set back in 2010 by Rocky Robinson using the Ack Attack streamliner. Robinson is somewhat of a legend in the sport of motorcycle land speed racing, having set the record three times previously. The Ack Attack is highly respected as well and when you learn that underneath that streamlined bullet shape of a body sits Suzuki Hyabusa engines providing power, it’s not hard to see why. As if that wasn’t enough, it also has a single Garret turbocharger feeding both engines that’s cooled by a dry ice system. All said and done its supposed to put out somewhere between 900-1,000hp all while weighing only 2,000lbs and being about as aerodynamic as you could possibly be. Needless to say, Guy Martin has got his work cut out for him.
However, Guy’s not one to come unprepared to things either. He teamed up with Triumph to make what they are calling the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner and it has the same missle like shape of the Ack Attack. The rider sits inside a fully enclosed cockpit but he’s still riding on two wheels so it’s still a motorcycle. The interesting thing about this particular streamliner is that the entire thing is built using a carbon Kevlar monocoque construction making it extremely light and yet stronger than materials normally used.
The power output on this thing is no joke either thanks to two Triumph Rocket III engines running on methanol that’s also turbocharged which produce a total of over 1,000hp. It sits at about 25.5 feet long, 2 feet wide and stands about 3 feet tall. So Martin definitely has a machine capable of setting a new world record, and possibly become the first man to hit 400mph which is his ultimate goal.
One of the very few places you can reach those speed safely is the Bonneville Salt Flats located just west of Salt Lake City, Utah. Martin and his team recently went out to attempt to set the new record and let’s just say things didn’t quite go as planned. But they didn’t go as bad as they could’ve either. They were plagued with bad weather and conditions for a few days and mechanical failures on others. They didn’t set the new overall record, however, they did set a new Triumph Land Speed Record with “just” 274.2mph, and still didn’t come close to using the full potential of the Triumph Rocket. The team plans on taking another shot at the record out on the salt next year when the conditions permit.