When it comes to speed, Triumph has a pretty glorious past as it used to hold the title of “World’s Fastest Motorcycle” from 1955 to 1970.
The company is now determined to reclaim this title. Therefore they’ve developed a totally fresh concept that promises to break the actual 376.156 mph land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The team behind this project is made of three men namely Matt Markstaller, Bob Carpenter, and Jason DiSalvo with the latter being the Rocket’s pilot.
The new Castrol Rocket looks more like a fighter jet than a motorcycle and is propelled by two 2,300cc Rocket III engines which deliver a combined output of 1000 hp at 9000 rpm and 500 ft. lbs of torque. The 2013 edition Castrol Rocket features Carbon Kevlar monocoque construction and it is 25.5’ long, 2’ wide and 3’ tall. This rocket on two wheels is powered by methanol fuel and it engines use Castrol 4T 10W40 full synthetic oil.
Talking about the Castrol Rocket, Triumps declared: “The Castrol Rocket is unique in that it’s a 1,000-horsepower motorcycle built like a fighter jet. The project is undergoing testing this week at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah. The goal is an eventual 400-mph-plus record-breaking run. The current American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) motorcycle land speed record is 376.156 mph, set in 2010, by Rocky Robinson with the Ack Attack streamliner.”
The Rocket’s pilot Jason DiSalvo said: “Land speed racing is the purest form of motorsport. It’s about bringing all of your ingenuity, resources and determination together for a constant battle against the elements. The salt surface has little traction. The wind pushes against you from every side. But what’s really special about Bonneville Land Speed Racing is the people. The conditions are so challenging that for the past 100 years, racers with little else in common, have banded together to support and encourage each other to become the world’s fastest.”
Hit the jump for the video, specifications and more pictures.
|Chassis||Carbon Kevlar monocoque|
|Dimensions||25’ x 2’ x 3’|
|Engines||Two Triumph Rocket III engines|
|Horsepower||1,000-plus-horsepower at 9,000 rpm|
|Torque||500-plus lbs. combined|
|Suspension||Custom made by Hot Rod Conspiracy|
|Tires||Goodyear Land Speed Special|
|Engine Lubricant||Castrol Power RS™ 4T 10W-40 full synthetic oil|
Video: Castrol Rocket