TRIUMPH LAND SPEED RECORD UPDATE

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.

15/09/2016

Following this morning’s update, and after a further course inspection, Triumph Motorcycles, the company behind the 2016 motorcycle land speed record attempt at Bonneville, has confirmed that it has postponed running for today due to the course conditions.

While the track conditions continue to improve, this afternoon’s course inspection showed that there are still areas at the upper limits of the eleven mile salt flat course that are still too wet to safely undertake any runs at present.

Regular course inspections will continue to be conducted by the team throughout the rest of the afternoon and preparations have begun to ready everything for tomorrow’s scheduled runs.

“To perform at this level we need the optimum conditions – and today we didn’t quite have the course conditions we needed. We will be back on the salt tomorrow morning ready to go and we’re looking forward to getting underway with our record attempt” comments Matt Markstaller, Crew Chief and Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner designer.

15/09/2016

Triumph Motorcycles, the company behind the 2016 motorcycle land speed record attempt at Bonneville, has confirmed that its bid to regain the title has been delayed due to course conditions. There will be a further update early afternoon.  

A series of rain storms, at Bonneville, at the start of this week, 13 – 16 September, 2016, has meant that the eleven mile salt flat course is still too wet at the upper limits of the course to safely undertake any runs at present. However the weather conditions are now good and the track conditions are improving hour by hour.

The Story so far….

08/09/2016

With over 20,000 man hours and four years of development the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner has seen Matt Markstaller, the man behind Triumph’s imminent land speed record bid, and his team turn what started as a brief conversation in a wind tunnel, into a 400mph Land Speed Record challenger.

Where did it all begin

How do you go about designing a 400mph motorcycle

Constructing the world’s fastest motorcycle

Where do you go to test a 400 mph Streamliner

Sixty years since Triumph Motorcycles became the World’s Fastest Motorcycle Manufacturer

What’s been happening while we have been away from the salt?

07/09/2016 

The last few weeks have seen the team begin final preparations for the Land Speed Record attempt, following its successful practice runs at Bonneville at the beginning of August. The practice week saw TT Legend Guy Martin get acquainted with the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner on the salt for the first time. Throughout the week, Guy and the Streamliner performed excellently and the test week came to an end with Guy setting a new Triumph record of 274.1 MPH, to become the fastest ever Triumph Motorcycle.

Pleased with the week’s work, Matt Markstaller, lead designer and crew chief of the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner, and his team, undertook the sixteen hour trip home from Bonneville to the team’s base in Portland, Oregon to begin final preparations.

Even though the Streamliner had only covered approximately 20 miles on the salt during the week, the first job that faced the team was the mammoth task of cleaning the entire vehicle. This is a very time consuming task, that takes the team an entire week to complete. During this time the Streamliner is cleaned up to four times, to remove the salt collected during each high speed run where it forces its way into each and every component.

Following the mammoth job of cleaning the Streamliner, the next task that faced the team was to begin removing and inspecting the major components. This process saw the team remove the engines to conduct a series of visual and mechanical checks.

During the engine inspection, the oil and filters are changed and a visual check is conducted for any wear or visible signs of stress points on both engines. With this complete, the engines were sent to the dyno to carry out a series of power simulations to re-check each unit’s performance and make sure everything is OK with the motors.

While the engines have been on the dyno, the rest of the team inspected the monocoque, suspension and drive train components. Each part has to be meticulously checked for any signs of wear or stress and then serviced and lubricated, before being refitted to the Streamliner.

The time back at their base in Portland was also used to change the specialist Goodyear Land Speed tyres. While normally a simple process on a road motorcycle, the process on the streamline involves 200 screws being removed and the wheel stripped, down before the tyre can be changed. The whole process is then reversed and, before both wheels are refitted to the bike, they are sent away to be checked to ensure they are balanced correctly and are structurally sound.

Due to the high speed the tyres need specialist preparation and testing. To do this, the team has to send the wheels and tyres to a specialist testing facility. This facility, is the only place in the USA that can undertake testing over 400 MPH and underload to ensure can cope with the stresses placed on them during the record runs.

With just a week remaining before heading back to salt final components are being refitted, the trailer is being packed and the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner is being loaded for the 16 hour return journey to the salt.

TRIUMPH CONFERMA SETTEMBRE QUALE DATA PER TENTARE IL RECORD DI VELOCITA’ SU TERRA A BONNEVILLE

A seguito di una sessione di prove di successo sul lago salato di Bonneville, raggiungendo una velocità di 274,2 mph (pari a 441,28 km/h) segnando la massima velocità ottenuta da sempre da una Triumph, Triumph Motorcycles ha confermato la decisione di tentare il record di velocità su terra a metà settembre, condizioni meteo permettendo.

Pilotato dalla stella del TT Guy Martin, il Rocket Triumph Infor Streamliner tornerà sulle famose saline di Bonneville e tenterà di battere il record di velocità corrente di 376,8 mph (pari a 606,40 km/h) sul lungo corso di 11 miglia. Pur potendo usufruire di una buona superficie su cui correre, la squadra ha ritenuto che il sale non fosse ancora pienamente in grado di supportare la corsa dello streamliner al massimo della velocità. A seguito una consultazione con Course Manager FIM Mike Cook sono state individuate le date di settembre come la migliore opportunità per tentare il record. Ipotizzando le condizioni migliori della superficie del lago.

La settimana di test, conclusasi con una velocità di 274,2 mph (pari a 441,28 km/h) ottenuta martedì 9 agosto, ha dimostrato come sia il Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner sia il pilota Guy Martin siano pronti per l’impresa a cui sono chiamati

La prima settimana di test Martin lo ha visto dominare e controllare molto rapidamente i  1000 cv dello   streamliner - raggiungendo tutti gli obiettivi fissati dal capo meccanico e dal progettisra del Triumph Rocket Infor Streamliner  Matt Markstaller e dalla sua squadra.

Quando è stato chiesto a Markstaller di tornare a settembre ha commentato: "Abbiamo ottenuto grandi risultati durante la nostra settimana di test a Bonneville e ci sentiamo in una posizione perfetta per proseguire con il nostro tentativo di record.  Ci ha impressionato la velocità con cui Guy ha stabilito un perfetto feeling sia con lo Streamliner sia sul sale.

"Anche se le condizioni erano tra i migliori che ho visto nel corso degli ultimi anni, riteniamo che ci sia ancora qualche margine di miglioramento. Quando si insegue un record come questo su due ruote le condizioni devono essere le migliori possibili. Per darci le maggiori possibilità di raggiungere le velocità necessaria abbiamo bisogno di stabilire un nuovo record. Riteniamo quindi che aspettare un paio di  settimane ci offrirà delle condizioni ancora migliori e ci metterà nella posizione ideale per rendere il nostro tentativo di record raggiungibile."

THE TRIUMPH INFOR ROCKET

La Triumph Motorcycles ha detenuto il titolo di “Motocicletta più veloce del mondo” dal 1955 al 1970 eccetto per un periodo brevissimo, di soli 33 giorni. Gli streamliner Triumph che si sono succeduti sulla vetta del mondo sono stati il Devil’s Arrow, il Texas Cee-gar e il Gyronaut X1, quest’ultimo con una velocità di ben 245,60 mph (395,28 km/h). Il record attualmente in vigore è di 376,363 miglia orarie (605,697 km/h).

Triumph ha chiamato Matt Markstaller e Bob Carpenter per formare una squadra e ripristinare la tradizione di Triumph Motorcycles nelle gare di velocità. Markstaller è ingegnere aerodinamico, Carpenter ha costruito il motore ad alte prestazioni; a guidare il Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner, costruito per questo obiettivo specifico, nella corsa del record sarà Guy Martin, che ha preso parte al Tourist Trophy sull’Isola di Man e detiene numerosi record di velocità. Il Team internazionale si ritrova a Bonneville Salt Flats, un lago salato di 40 miglia quadrate nella regione nordoccidentale dello Utah, con l’obiettivo di superare la soglia delle 400 miglia all’ora e battere così il record.

La Triumph infor Rocket è dotata di monoscocca in carbon kevlar e due motori turbo Triumph Rocket III che generano oltre 1.000 CV. La moto è lunga 7,77 metri, larga 0,6 metri e alta 0,91 metri circa, un vero razzo su due ruote alimentato da metanolo. La motocicletta gareggia nella categoria Divisione C (motociclette streamliner).

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TRIUMPH INFOR ROCKET STREAMLINER BECOMES THE FASTEST EVER TRIUMPH ON THE BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS

10/08/2016

TT Legend Guy Martin pilots the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner to become the fastest ever Triumph achieving 274.2 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats

The Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner has become the world’s fastest ever Triumph by achieving a speed of 274.2 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats on 8 August, 2016. Piloted by TT legend Guy Martin, the streamliner smashed the previous official Triumph record that stood at 245.667 mph as well as the unofficial Triumph Record of 264mph, both set by Bob Leppan, in the Gyronaut X-1.

Near perfect conditions greeted the team on the final day of the team’s land speed practice week. With confidence high after a successful number of days running on the salt at Bonneville the team’s goal for the day with the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner was the Triumph record. 

Just after 8:30am Guy Martin and the team set off on the first run of the day, after a steady start, Guy accelerated the sleek looking streamliner to a staggering 274.2 mph, rewriting Triumph history in the process. Just after the two mile marker Guy came to a controlled stop near to the team’s base camp to be greeted by the news that he had broken the 46 year old Triumph record.

Today’s record run is further proof of Guy’s growing confidence on the salt and commitment to breaking the World two wheeled Land Speed record. Throughout the week Guy has continued to impress everyone within the team with the speed in which he has been able to master the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner on the salt. Each time Guy has sat in the streamliner on the salt he has been able to achieve the goals set by Crew Chief and the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner designer Matt Markstaller and his team with the required level of control.

When asked about becoming the fastest ever Triumph record holder Guy commented: “It’s good and we are moving in the right direction, but it is just one step on the way to what me and the team are here to do.”

The Triumph Infor Rocket features a carbon Kevlar monocoque construction with two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines producing a combined 1,000 bhp at 9,000 rpm. The motorcycle is 25.5 feet long, 2 feet wide and 3 feet tall. Powered by methanol fuel, the bike is competing in the Division C (streamlined motorcycle) category.

Triumph has a history of breaking the land speed record, holding the title of ‘World's Fastest Motorcycle’ between 1955 to 1970*. The record-breaking Triumph Streamliners included: Devil's Arrow, Texas Cee-gar, Dudek Streamliner and Gyronaut X1, the former achieving a top speed of 245.667 mph (395.28 km/h). Today's record, held by Rocky Robinson since 2010 riding the Top Oil-Ack Attack streamliner, sits at 376.363 mph (605.697 km/h).

The iconic Bonneville name was conceived following Johnny Allen’s land-speed record runs at the Salt Flats in September 1956, when he reached the record breaking speed of 193.72 mph. The first T120 Bonneville model was unveiled at the Earls Court Bike Show and went on sale in 1959.

STORIA

Dal 1955 al 1970, uno streamliner con motore Triumph ha detenuto il record mondiale assoluto di velocità su terra per una motocicletta.

La leggenda iniziò nel 1954 presso la concessionaria Triumph di Pete Dalio a Dallas (ancora oggi in attività con il nome di Big 'D' Cycles). Un sabato pomeriggio, poco dopo la chiusura, come ricorda il leggendario meccanico ed elaboratore Triumph, Jack Wilson, “Pete, io e Stormy Mangham eravamo seduti a parlare di come Wilhelm Herz avesse portato il record a 180 miglia su una NSU.”

Quella breve conversazione diede il via a una serie di avvenimenti che avrebbero cambiato per sempre la storia del motociclismo.

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Guy Martin - Guy Martin Racing

Guy Martin è un noto pilota britannico nelle corse su strada, amante dell’avventura, personaggio televisivo e meccanico. E’ noto per aver gareggiato nel famosissimo Tourist Trophy all’Isola di Man, nel Gran Premio dell’Ulster e nel North West 200. Guidando una Smiths Racing Triumph Daytona 675R nelle gare del Tourist Trophy 2015 sull’Isola di Man, Guy è giunto al traguardo in 3a e in 5a posizione. Amante della velocità, Guy assapora la prospettiva di portare il record di velocità mondiale su terra della FIM di nuovo nelle mani di Triumph – e del Regno Unito – dopo un’assenza di 45 anni. Segui il viaggio di Guy mentre cerca di battere il record mondiale di velocità su terra su www.GuyMartinRacing.co.uk

Matt Markstaller - Hot Rod Conspiracy

Hot Rod Conspiracy è guidata dall’ingegnere aerodinamico Matt Markstaller, che si occupa dell’ingegnerizzazione dei test e dello sviluppo per conto della Daimler Trucks di Portland in Oregon. Oltre a sviluppare progetti aerodinamici per migliorare la velocità del veicolo, la maneggevolezza e i consumi, il team della Hot Rod Conspiracy crea veicoli unici ad alte prestazioni che appaiono sulle riviste specializzate nazionali e al SEMA, la principale manifestazione del settore. Per altre informazioni HotRodConspiracy.com



Bob Carpenter - Carpenter Racing

La Carpenter Racing è di proprietà di Bob Carpenter, due volte campione NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle. Si tratta della struttura principale del settore per la lavorazione delle testate dei cilindri. Uno dei prodotti più famosi di Carpenter è il suo pacchetto performance proprietario Triumph Rocket III, che eroga 240 CV alle ruote posteriori. Il pacchetto performance, completamente adattabile alle normali strade, ha registrato tempi sul quarto di miglio pari a 8,99 secondi e 155 miglia e ha stabilito i record di velocità mondiale americano (AMA) e internazionale (FIM) alle Salt Flat di Bonneville. Per ulteriori informazioni, visitare CarpenterRacing.com


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