Later this month, IoM TT racer Guy Martin will switch paths, moving away from the tight confines of the Isle of Man to the open salt flats of Bonneville. And in place of his usual 220bhp litre-class superbike, he’ll be riding the purpose-built Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner, which is powered by twin 2300cc three-cylinder engines (borrowed from the Triumph Rocket III), together producing an eye-opening 1000bhp. Cloud applications provider, Infor, and motorcycle clothing brand, Belstaff, are sponsoring Triumph’s shot at scooping the world landspeed record for streamlined motorcycles.
The Triumph Infor Rocket features Carbon-Kevlar monocoque construction with two turbocharged Rocket III engines producing a combined 1000bhp at 9,000rpm. This streamliner is 25.5 feet long, two feet wide and three feet tall. Powered by methanol fuel, the bike is competing in the Division C (streamlined motorcycle) category at Bonneville.
Triumph have great history at the Bonneville Salt Flat and record-breaking Triumph streamliners of the past include legendary machines like the Devil's Arrow, Texas Cee-gar, the Dudek and the Gyronaut X1. Rocky Robinson, riding the Top Oil-Ack Attack streamliner, has held the current landspeed record for streamliners since 2010, with a record speed of 605.697kph. “I can’t wait to take the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner onto the salt at Bonneville for the first time this summer. The Triumph engineers have built an amazing machine, giving us the very best chance to beat the two-wheeled land speed record,” says Guy. We wish him luck!
Update (9th Aug., 2016): Guy Martin pilots the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner to become the fastest ever Triumph achieving 274.2mph (441.28kph) on the Bonneville Salt Flats
The Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner has become the world’s fastest ever Triumph by achieving a speed of 274.2mph (441.28kph) at the Bonneville Salt Flats on 8 August, 2016. Piloted by TT legend Guy Martin, the streamliner smashed the previous official Triumph record that stood at 245.667mph as well as the unofficial Triumph Record of 264mph, both set by Bob Leppan, in the Gyronaut X-1.
"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," says Guy, who clearly wants to go faster. And faster...