THE TRIUMPH ROCKET
Update from the Salt
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."
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.
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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.
A Triumph Motorcycles manteve o título de "Motocicleta mais rápido do mundo" de 1955-1970 com exceção de um breve período de 33 dias. Os streamliners da Triumph que conquistaram os recordes mundiais foram Devil’s Arrow, Texas Cee-gar e Gyronaut X1, sendo o último a 395,28 km/h. O recorde hoje está em 605,697 km/h. Agora Triumph fez uma parceria com Matt Markstaller e Bob Carpenter, e reuniu uma equipe para restaurar o legado Triumph Motorcycles 'em corridas de velocidade em terra. Markstaller é o engenheiro de aerodinâmica; Carpenter é o construtor de motores de alta peformance; Montando o foguete Triumph Streamliner sob medida para o piloto e recordista de velocidade Guy Martin. Esta equipe está em Bonneville Salt Flats, um deserto de sal em Utah, com o objetivo de bater o recorde de velocidade em terra a mais de 640 km/h. O foguete é composto por um construção monocoque Kevlar em carbono com dois motores turbo Triumph Rocket III que produzem um combinado de mais de 1.000 cv. O comprimento é 25,5m', a largura 2 m e a altura 3m, um verdadeiro foguete sobre duas rodas movidos a combustível de metanol. A motocicleta está competindo na categoria Divisão C (streamlined motorcycle). "Mantenha-se atualizado com as últimas notícias de Bonneville Salt Flats, seguindo nossas redes sociais Facebook Twitter #TRIUMPHLANDSPEED
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