Tuesday, August 29, 2006

MV Agusta sets Bonneville land speed record

This MV Agusta F4 1000R did 302km/h on the Bonneville Salt Flats!

During the 58th Annual Bonneville National Speedweek land speed trials earlier this month, an MV Agusta F4 1000R raced into the Southern California Timing Association record books as the fastest production class 1000cc motorcycle in the world. The 174bhp MV did this with an average combined speed of 299.148km/h, and a highest single speed of 302.116km/h. (So does this mean that the Kawasaki ZZR1400s and the Suzuki Hayabusas of this world are sitting around twiddling their thumbs?!)

The MV was ridden by Roosevelt ‘Rosey’ Lackey, and tuned/fettled by Eraldo Ferracci of Fast By Ferracci Racing Products. This 1000cc production class (bikes must run with the regular production engine and production frame) record means you can walk into any MV showroom today and ride out on a motorcycle that’s not only the best looking bike in the whole world, but one that’ll also do 300km/h down your local salt flats. Cool!

MV Agusta have plans to return to organized racing and Cagiva USA, Inc., the official North American importer of MV Agusta, has set its sights on AMA homologation for Superstock in 2007. We don’t know if MV can return to its Giacomo Agostini glory days, but the F4 1000R has shown its potential, so maybe…

An advert for the MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini edition, featuring Massimo Tamburini himself!


aneesh kalra said...

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Anonymous said...

312km = 193mph

A same modded and tuned stock Suzuki Hayabusa land speed record is well documented at 198 and even 199 at the Maxxon "one mile" course.

The discrepency here is that anyone can claim a "world record" but the rights to use the title of "world" can only come to those who pay the rights to the world designated appointee timing association, who owns the title "world"

For instance "Guiness" records are not "world" records "Wide World of Sports" records was never a world record/

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