Guy Martin to attempt land speed record today

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By Laura Thomson

Guy Martin hopes to make a rescheduled world land speed record attempt on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah today, after adverse weather conditions brought yet another halt to play yesterday.

The 34-year-old TT racer will take to the controls of his 400mph Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner in an effort to surpass the current record of 376.36mph.
The purpose-built bike is powered by two 2.3-litre turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines producing a combined 1,000hp at 9,000 rpm.

To be able to withstand such high speeds, the bike features a carbon Kevlar monocoque construction, and stands at 25.5ft long, 2ft wide, and 3ft tall.

The Grimsby truck mechanic’s latest challenge has faced a series of delays since it was dreamt up well over a year ago.

Martin was originally planning to attempt the feat in August 2015. However, a crash during that month’s Ulster Grand Prix, in which he broke several bones, forced Triumph to postpone it until August this year.

Conditions on the flats last month, while good, were still not up to the standard required by the Streamliner. Despite managing some impressive test runs – in which the Streamliner became the fastest Triumph ever when Martin reached 274.2mph, the team decided to wait a few more weeks until yesterday’s attempt, which was again delayed.

Following this, an official statement from the British motorcycle manufacturer read: “Following a course inspection, Triumph Motorcycles has confirmed that it has postponed running for today due to the course conditions.

“While the track conditions continue to improve, this afternoon’s course inspection showed that there are still areas at the upper limits of the 11-mile salt flat course that are still too wet to safely undertake any runs at present.

“Regular course inspections will continue to be conducted by the team throughout the rest of the afternoon and preparations have begun to ready everything for tomorrow’s scheduled runs.”

Should Martin beat the current record, set by Rocky Robinson aboard the Top Oil-Ack Attack Streamliner in 2010, he will add yet another to his already-impressive world record collection, which includes the fastest speed on a gravity-powered snow sled, the fastest speed in a soap box and the highest speed on a wall of death.

 

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