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Guy Martin to steer Triumph’s land speed record attempt

Guy Martin to steer Triumph’s ...
The Triumph Rocket III Streamliner will attempt to break the land speed record that currently stands at 376.363 mph (605.697 km/h)
The Triumph Rocket III Streamliner will attempt to break the land speed record that currently stands at 376.363 mph (605.697 km/h)
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The Triumph Rocket III Streamliner will attempt to break the land speed record that currently stands at 376.363 mph (605.697 km/h)
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The Triumph Rocket III Streamliner will attempt to break the land speed record that currently stands at 376.363 mph (605.697 km/h)
Guy Martin has just been recruited to spearhead the record challenge
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Guy Martin has just been recruited to spearhead the record challenge
The Triumph Rocket III Streamliner is built around a carbon Kevlar monocoque frame, wrapped in an aerodynamic carbon fiber shell
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The Triumph Rocket III Streamliner is built around a carbon Kevlar monocoque frame, wrapped in an aerodynamic carbon fiber shell
Two methanol-burning turbocharged Rocket III 2.3 liter three cylinder engines produce an excess of 1,000 hp (745.7 kW) at 9,000 rpm and 500 lb.ft (69 kgm) of torque
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Two methanol-burning turbocharged Rocket III 2.3 liter three cylinder engines produce an excess of 1,000 hp (745.7 kW) at 9,000 rpm and 500 lb.ft (69 kgm) of torque
Carpenter Racing is a performance cylinder head porting specialist firm. One of Carpenter’s more popular products is Triumph Rocket III performance package that produces 240 rear wheel horsepower
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Carpenter Racing is a performance cylinder head porting specialist firm. One of Carpenter’s more popular products is Triumph Rocket III performance package that produces 240 rear wheel horsepower
Three Ohlins TTX36 shock absorbers take care of the suspension work, while the tire is a special commission from Goodyear
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Three Ohlins TTX36 shock absorbers take care of the suspension work, while the tire is a special commission from Goodyear
The aluminum alloy swingarms are special one-off designs by Hot Rod Conspiracy. Steering is damped through two hydraulic shocks
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The aluminum alloy swingarms are special one-off designs by Hot Rod Conspiracy. Steering is damped through two hydraulic shocks
Two ribbon type parachutes are tasked with stopping the Triumph Rocket III Streamliner. As for the color choices, it is an Anglo-American effort after all
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Two ribbon type parachutes are tasked with stopping the Triumph Rocket III Streamliner. As for the color choices, it is an Anglo-American effort after all
The fire breathing Triumph Rocket III Streamliner exhales through this hole - and another one on the other side
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The fire breathing Triumph Rocket III Streamliner exhales through this hole - and another one on the other side
Hopefully this will never need to be pushed
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Hopefully this will never need to be pushed
"Coming soon to a dry lakebed near you," says Triumph in a promotional video.
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"Coming soon to a dry lakebed near you," says Triumph in a promotional video.
The Triumph Rocket III Streamliner explained
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The Triumph Rocket III Streamliner explained
1955, The Devil’s Arrow, Triumph's first land speed record (193.7 mph / 311.8 km/h) with a streamliner based on a Thunderbird 650 twin motor. Rider was Johnny Allen. This record gave birth to the Bonneville motorcycle series, first launched in 1959
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1955, The Devil’s Arrow, Triumph's first land speed record (193.7 mph / 311.8 km/h) with a streamliner based on a Thunderbird 650 twin motor. Rider was Johnny Allen. This record gave birth to the Bonneville motorcycle series, first launched in 1959
Triumph's land speed record 1956-1962, The Texas Cee-Gar, 214.5 mph (345.2 km/h)
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Triumph's land speed record 1956-1962, The Texas Cee-Gar, 214.5 mph (345.2 km/h)
Triumph's land speed record 1962-1966, Joe Dudek’s Triumph Streamliner, 224.6 mph (361.5 km/h)
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Triumph's land speed record 1962-1966, Joe Dudek’s Triumph Streamliner, 224.6 mph (361.5 km/h)
Triumph's land speed record 1966-1970, Gyronaut X-1, 245.7 mph (395.4 km/h)
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Triumph's land speed record 1966-1970, Gyronaut X-1, 245.7 mph (395.4 km/h)
The Triumph Rocket III Roadster is the engine donor of the Streamliner. Its 2.294 cc tandem inline triple engine produces 148 hp (110 kW) in stock form
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The Triumph Rocket III Roadster is the engine donor of the Streamliner. Its 2.294 cc tandem inline triple engine produces 148 hp (110 kW) in stock form
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Triumph has confirmed that motorcycle racer Guy Martin will pilot its Rocket IIIStreamliner in a new land speed record attempt at the Bonneville salt flats inlate 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 absenceof 45 years.

The Triumph Rocket III Streamliner is the fruit of an Anglo-Americanco-operation with Castrol,Hot Rod Conspiracy, Carpenter Racing and Triumph North America. It is poweredby two methanol-burning turbocharged Rocket III 2.3 liter three cylinder engines producing over1,000 hp (745.7 kW) at 9,000 rpm and 500 lb.ft (69 kgm) of torque. Housed in a carbon Kevlar monocoqueframe, the whole structure is wrapped in an aerodynamic carbon fiber shell.

Guy Martin has just been recruited to spearhead the record challenge
Guy Martin has just been recruited to spearhead the record challenge

Road racer, truck mechanic and TV presenter Guy Martin, who competed with Triumphat the 2015 Isle of Man TT aboard a Daytona 675R supersport, has just beenrecruited to spearhead the record challenge. It has been 45 years since Triumph last made the land speed record books, so the prospect ofreturning 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 calledTriumph Castrol Rocket – geared up for the record attempt at the 2014 BonnevilleSpeed Week, with American motorcycle racer Jason DiSalvo. Unfortunately a fire in one of the two engines during the last tests before the official run meantthat the whole effort would have to take a year-long raincheck.

Two methanol-burning turbocharged Rocket III 2.3 liter three cylinder engines produce an excess of 1,000 hp (745.7 kW) at 9,000 rpm and 500 lb.ft (69 kgm) of torque
Two methanol-burning turbocharged Rocket III 2.3 liter three cylinder engines produce an excess of 1,000 hp (745.7 kW) at 9,000 rpm and 500 lb.ft (69 kgm) of torque

The team is scheduled to conclude its testing program with Guy Martinthis month and will return to the Bonneville Salt Flats for the record attempt duringthe Speed Week event on August 24-27.

Triumph’s land speed record legacy highlights a period from 1955 to 1970 whenthe title of the “World’s Fastest Motorcycle” was continuously held by the Englishfactory – except for a 33-day period.

The video below gives us a closer look at the speedy Rocket III Streamliner.

Source: Triumph


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