THE TT LEGEND HAS BROKEN THE 46-YEAR OLD RECORD FOR THE ICONIC BRITISH MOTORCYCLE MANUFACTURER
Guy Martin, the Isle of Man TT prodigy, has broken Triumph’s previous land speed record by piloting the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner to a top speed of 274.2mph (441.28kmph) at the Bonneville salt flats. Martin smashed the previous records of 245.667mph (395kmph) and 264mph (425kmph, unofficial), both set by Bob Lappan in the Gyronaut.
Martin was able to set the record on August 8 after several trial runs on that day’s morning, with favourable wind and surface conditions. He was able to break the 46-year old Triumph record and thus created history for Triumph and for himself.
This record-breaking run has further fortified Martin’s commitment and confidence towards breaking the world two-wheeler land speed record. “It’s good and we are moving in the right direction, but it is just one step on the way to what me and team are here to do” he stated, when asked about his achievement.
The record-breaking Infor Rocket is made up of a carbon-kevlar monocoque chassis and is powered by two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines. The motors produce a combined power of 1000PS at 9000rpm and uses methanol as fuel. Dimensionally, the motorcycle is 25.5 feet long, two feet wide and three feet tall and competes in Division C (streamlined motorcycle) category.
Triumph has a great history of land speed records. The British brand held the title of ‘World’s Fastest Motorcycle’ from 1955 to 1970. The record-breaking Triumphs had streamlined motorcycles like the Devil’s Arrow, Texas Cee-gar, Dudek Streamliner and the Gyronaut X1.
As a matter of fact, it was here that the iconic Bonneville motorcycle received its name, following Johnny Allen’s land-speed record runs at the salt flats back in September 1956. He was able to clock 193.72mph (310kmph), which, in that era, was certainly outlandish! However, the bike was only launched as the T120 Bonneville in 1959.