Triumph to take third tilt at 376 mph motorcycle world land speed record
Having already been thwarted twice in its attempt to take the motorcycle world land speed title back to the UK, Triumph will return to the Bonneville Salt Flats later this month for another crack at besting the 376.363-mph (605.698-km/h) record set in 2010.
Triumph first began working on this record attempt in 2013, but was thwarted by an engine fire just before Jason DiSalvo was due to make an official run. A second attempt, lined up for last year, proved to be equally ill-fated. The driver on that occasion, Guy Martin, was injured during a Superbike race less than three weeks before the run was due to be made.
Assuming no more bad luck is in store, Martin will again be at the controls of the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner – a 25.5-ft (7.8-m) long) carbon Kevlar monster powered by two methanol-powered turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines that kick out a combined 1,000 bhp (746 kW) at 9,000 rpm.
Martin is looking to surpass the 376.363-mph (605.698-km/h) record set by set by Rocky Robinson riding the Top Oil-Ack Attack Streamliner in 2010. The attempt is due to take place within a matter of weeks at the Bonneville Speedway in Utah.
Source: TriumphEditor's note (August 24, 2016): Triumph Motorcycles has now confirmed the attempt to set a new outright motorcycle Land Speed World Record will take place mid-September, 2016, weather permitting.