Guy Martin has become one of the UK’s favorite TV characters since he made his name with Closer to the Edge, the quintessential movie about the legendary Isle of Man TT motorcycle race, and he seems ready for anything speed related.
A British rally rider tied to Triumph and his attempt to break the land speed record in a twin-engine Rocket 3 streamline, engages in another attempt, this time aiming for 644 km/h, or 400 mph, which will allow the rider to eventually break the bike’s speed record motorcycles.
A two-wheeler made of steel and aluminum called “The 52 Express” is powered by a 1,200-horsepower turbocharged engine. The unit was towed from a … Rolls-Royce Jim helicopter. With this motor and 9m spindle, Guy Maritn will attempt to break the current record, which is currently 605 km/h (376,363 mph).
The new project is led by Alex Macfadzean, Grand Prix racing and former TT rider and British Superbike team owner Bernie Tolliman. Martin’s previous dynamometer tests were an attempt to test steering, stopping and stability at low speeds. They successfully converted.
The machine works without a body because work is done on the shape of the body, which is critical at such high speeds. The work on the air intake is carried out by the engineering company Mira Horiba.
Final testing will take place at the Salar de Uyuni salt basin in Bolivia, while tests at low speeds below 200 mph (321 km/h) will take place in the United Kingdom. The schedule for the main trial has not been announced.
The current world record for riding a motorcycle was set in 2010 by American Rocky Robinson in Bonneville. He also did this with the twin-engine chopper, but not the helicopter but the Suzuki Hayabusa “Ak Attack”.
Regardless of the effects of Guy Martin’s efforts, British Channel 4 will be making a documentary on this project, so in the near future we will be able to follow step by step how the team struggles.
Before Martin controls the nine-meter monster, I recommend watching the movie True Story depicting the fascinating story of a New Zealander dreaming of taking his motorcycle to a race on the Bonneville salt circuit. He goes to the US for his last cash and he’s going to break the speed record. This is a movie based on facts.
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