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Update from the Salt

18/09/2016

Tricky course conditions at the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats have once again proved challenging during the latest stage of the Triumph Motorcycles Land Speed Record attempt. With clear sun and virtually no wind, rider Guy Martin set off from mile marker 9 to record his FIM-required certification run.

Setting off smoothly, Guy was making good power in mile one when the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner lost traction on a damp section of the salt surface, causing the rear of the machine to step out of line and the streamliner to go down on the course. Guy was completely uninjured in the incident, however the streamliner will now require a full inspection before any further runs can take place.

"It's one of the challenges of Land speed racing - the salt surface can be so unpredictable. We'll fully inspect the streamliner and get ready for the next phase of our attempt" commented Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner designer Matt Markstaller.

Rider Guy Martin added "It's all part the job boy, isn't it? Feeling our way. I guess if it was an easy thing to do everyone would have done it by now. So we'll get a plan sorted and get on with the next go at it as soon as we get the chance."

17/09/2016

TT Legend Guy Martin and the Triumph Motorcycles Land Speed team have spent today making final preparations for the next stage of their Land Speed Record attempt at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Plans for the day included the required FIM certification pass at 300mph.

However, on heading up to the start of the course, with the streamliner under tow the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner passed over a rut in the track at the two mile marker.The rut and the soft surface caused the Streamliner to fall onto its side. Guy sustained no injuries and the machine was undamaged bar a number of minor scuffs to the body.

The team were quick to bring the Streamliner back to the pit area to carry out an assessment and begin preparations to run again. Shortly after course officials informed the team that the course was to be closed for the evening for all motorcycles due to the conditions.

The team will now continue to prepare the Streamliner to run tomorrow. Both the team and Guy look forward to returning to the salt flats to continue the next stage of the Land Speed Record challenge in the morning.

16/09/2016 -The sun is out at Bonneville this morning and the Triumph Motorcycles Land Speed team are well into preparations for today’s attempt to set a new motorcycle land speed record.

The team arrived this morning to beautiful sunny conditions and much improved track conditions. A number of the car competitors have already undertaken their first passes of the day and the team has confirmed that the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner will carry out its first run of the day at 11:30am.

“Spirits within the team are very high today and everyone is looking forward to getting our Land Speed Record attempt underway this morning.” comments Matt Markstaller, Crew Chief and Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner designer.

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Triumph Motorcycles a détenu le titre de “Moto la plus Rapide du Monde” de 1955 à 1970, à l’exception d’une brève période de 33 jours. Les streamliners Triumph à remporter les records ont été les Devil’s Arrow, Texas Cee-gar and Gyronaut X1, ce dernier à 395.28 km/h. Le record aujourd’hui à battre est de 605.697 km/h.

Triumph fait cette fois-ci équipe avec Matt Markstaller et Bob Carpenter pour tenter retrouver son titre de “Worlds Fastest Motorcycle” . Markstaller est l’ingénieur en aérodynamique et Carpenter est le garant des performances optimales du Streamliner Triumph Infor Rocket. Au guidon de cet engin unique mis au point pour l’occasion, Guy Martin, le coureur du TT de l’Ile de Man et plusieurs fois recordman du monde de vitesse. Cette équipe internationale se retrouvera au lac salé de Bonneville au Nord-Ouest de l’Utah dans le but de battre un nouveau record.

La Rocket Triumph Infor est constituée d’une enveloppe monocoque en Kevlar carbone avec deux moteurs de Rocket III Triumph équipés de turbos produisant à eux deux plus de 1000CV. La moto mesure près de huit mètres de long, pour 60 centimètres de large et presque un mètre de haut. L’utilisation du méthanol comme carburant la classe en « Division C », la catégorie des motos carénées aérodynamiques.

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