Martin, himself a multiple speed world record holder (and Isle of Man TT legend, and all-round top bloke), will ride the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner – a 1,000hp streamlined motorcycle powered by two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III motorcycle engines fuelled by methane.
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It’s a motorcycle like no other: made from carbon-kevlar, it’s more than 25 feet long, two feet wide and just three feet tall.
The current motorcycle world land speed record stands at 376.363mph, held by American Rocky Robinson who set it in 2010. To beat it, Martin will have to ride faster than this staggering motorcycle maximum speed twice over the Bonneville measured mile.
And he can’t wait. “The Triumph engineers have built an amazing machine, giving us the very best chance to beat the two-wheeled land speed record.”
It’s not the first time Triumph has challenged for the motorcycle speed record either – Triumph Streamliners through the years have been the world’s fastest motorcycles, with one of the most dramatic being the Gyronaut X-1 which claimed the record in 1966 and held it into the 1970s.
Its top speed? No less than 245.667mph. In 1966!