Martin bidding for motorbike record
Published 09/07/2015 | 17:51
Adrenaline junkie Guy Martin is to attempt to break the motorcycle land speed record and to become the fastest man on two wheels.
The 33-year-old Grimsby rider is revving up for the race by joining forces with Triumph motorbikes.
He will be at the wheel of a Triumph Rocket III Streamliner powered by two 2.3 litre Triumph Rocket III engines, producing 1,000bhp when he tries to power his way to a place in the record books at the Bonneville Speedway in Utah next month.
Of his challenge to bring the record back to Triumph and the UK for the first time in 49 years, Martin said: "Breaking the world land speed record isn't normally the sort of thing you get offered in your tea break, is it, and I'm well up for it. Bringing the record back to Britain would be mega too. Spot on, let's get cracking."
The current record stands at 376.363 mph (605.697 km/h) has been held by Rocky Robinson since 2010 when he rode the Top Oil-Ack Attack streamliner to glory.
The Triumph team is aiming to surpass that over the measured mile.
Martin is an Isle of Man TT racer, lorry mechanic and daredevil presenter who is well known for his love of speed.
The 2015 Triumph Rocket Streamliner he will be using features a carbon Kevlar monocoque construction with two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines producing a combined 1,000bhp at 9,000rpm.
The motorcycle is 25.5 feet long, two feet wide and three feet tall. It is powered by methanol fuel and will be competing in the Division C (streamlined motorcycle) category.
The last time Triumph held the record was when Bob Leppane rode a Triumph Gyronaut X1 to an average speed of 245.66mph (395.36km/h) in August 1966.