Triumph has confirmed that motorcycle racer Guy Martin will pilot its Rocket III Streamliner in a new land speed record attempt at the Bonneville salt flats in late August. The Triumph team has to beat the current record of 376.363 mph (605.697 km/h) if it wants to bring the coveted title back to the UK after an absence of 45 years.
The Triumph Rocket III Streamliner is the fruit of an Anglo-American co-operation with Castrol, Hot Rod Conspiracy, Carpenter Racing and Triumph North America. It is powered by two methanol-burning turbocharged Rocket III 2.3 liter three cylinder engines producing over 1,000 hp (745.7 kW) at 9,000 rpm and 500 lb.ft (69 kgm) of torque. Housed in a carbon Kevlar monocoque frame, the whole structure is wrapped in an aerodynamic carbon fiber shell.
Road racer, truck mechanic and TV presenter Guy Martin, who competed with Triumph at the 2015 Isle of Man TT aboard a Daytona 675R supersport, has just been recruited to spearhead the record challenge. It has been 45 years since Triumph last made the land speed record books, so the prospect of returning the illustrious trophy back to the UK involves a certain degree of pride for the English.
Triumph started working on this project in 2013 and the streamliner – then called Triumph Castrol Rocket – geared up for the record attempt at the 2014 Bonneville Speed Week, with American motorcycle racer Jason DiSalvo. Unfortunately a fire in one of the two engines during the last tests before the official run meant that the whole effort would have to take a year-long raincheck.
The team is scheduled to conclude its testing program with Guy Martin this month and will return to the Bonneville Salt Flats for the record attempt during the Speed Week event on August 24-27.
Triumph’s land speed record legacy highlights a period from 1955 to 1970 when the title of the “World’s Fastest Motorcycle” was continuously held by the English factory – except for a 33-day period.
The video below gives us a closer look at the speedy Rocket III Streamliner.