A trio of Triumph motorcycle enthusiasts, Matt Markstaller, Bob Carpenter and Jason DiSalvo, is planning to restore the British legend’s legacy in land speed racing. Their cunning plan: design, build and ride the world’s most advanced streamliner, the Castrol Rocket. This machine gives new meaning to “hot”.
Markstaller serves as aerodynamic engineer, Carpenter is the high-peformance engine builder, and Daytona 200 winner and Bonneville class record holder DiSalvo is the man in the cockpit.
The team converges on the Bonneville Salt Flats, the formidably dry salt pan in north-western Utah, with the goal of a 400 mph-plus (about 644 km/h) record-breaking run. Triumph streamliners held the title of “World’s Fastest Motorcycle” from 1955 to 1970 (that is, with the exception of a 33-day period). The record-holders were Devil’s Arrow, Texas Cee-gar and Gyronaut X1, the last being clocked at 395,28 km/h. Today’s bar sits at an astonishing 605,697 km/h.
The 2013-edition Castrol Rocket features a carbon Kevlar monocoque frame and two methanol-fuelled, turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines producing a combined 745-plus kilowatts. Check out this site for details of other record-breaking bikes: http://castrolrocket.com/landspeedblog
Take a closer look at the Castrol Rocket in this video…