Belfast Telegraph

Guy in the driving seat to smash land speed record

By Paul Lindsay

Maverick road racer Guy Martin will miss next weekend's Ulster Grand Prix in an attempt to break the motorcycle world land speed record with Triumph Motorcycles in America this month.

Martin and Triumph's attempt will take place at the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, where they will look to exceed the current effort of 376.363mph.

Martin - who suffered several breaks after crashing at Dundrod last year - will have full use of the purpose-built 1000bhp Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner. The Lincolnshire lorry mechanic and pure road racer, who is now a national TV star, will make his attempt over a measured mile on the Salt Flats in Bonneville, and he's primed and ready for action.

"I can't wait to take the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner onto the salt at Bonneville for the first time this summer," said Martin. "The Triumph engineers have built an amazing machine, giving us the very best chance to beat the two-wheeled land speed record."

Speaking of the record, he added: "The iconic Bonneville name was conceived following Johnny Allen's land speed record runs at the Salt Flats in September 1956, when he reached the record-breaking speed of 193.72 mph."

The first T120 Bonneville model was unveiled at the Earls Court Bike Show and went on sale in 1959.

The Triumph Infor Rocket features a carbon Kevlar monocoque construction with two turbo-charged Triumph Rocket III engines producing a combined 1000bhp at 9,000rpm. The motorcycle is 25.5ft long, 2ft wide and 3ft tall. Powered by methanol fuel, the bike is competing in the Division C (streamlined motorcycle) category.

Triumph has a history of breaking the land speed record, holding the title of 'World's Fastest Motorcycle' between 1955 and 1970. Later this month, Martin aims to make more history working with the famous British marquee.

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