How do you go about setting a world land speed record? Build a rocket equipped with a fighter jet – which is precisely how Triumph Motorcycles will attack the Bonneville Salt Flats when it unleashes the world’s most technologically-advanced streamlined motorcycle, the Hot Rod Conspiracy/Carpenter Racing Castrol Rocket.
A motorcycle in name only, the rocket on two wheels houses a 1,000-horspower engine and is undergoing testing this week. The goal is an eventual record-breaking run of 400 mph plus that would shatter the current American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) motorcycle land speed record of 376.156 mph set in 2010 by Rocky Robinson with the Ack Attack streamliner.
Triumph has had four record-breaking motorcycle records with Devil’s Arrow, Texas Cee-gar, Dudek/Johnson and the Gyronaut X1. From 1955-70 Triumph held the title as the “World’s Fastest Motorcycle” except for one stretch of 33 days.
Castrol has been involved with land speed racing on multiple platforms globally and since competitions began at the Bonneville Flats in 1914.
“The Castrol Rocket personifies our heritage as a performance brand, with an incredible balance of power and aerodynamics, and is capable of amazing speed. It’s the ultimate symbol of performance,” said Rob Carini, Brand Manager for Castrol Motorcycle and Powersports Producets.
All-star team assembled
Pursuit of the land speed record has brought together an all-star team in a shared labor of love. Aerodynamic engineer Matt Markstaller manages test and development engineering for Daimler Trucks in Portland, OR. The engine builder is two-time NHR Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion Bob Carpenter. Daytona 200 champion Jason DiSalvo will pilot the rocket.
“Land speed racing is the purest form of motorsport. It’s about brining all your ingenuity, resources and determination together for a constant battle against the elements. The salt surface has little traction [and] the wind pushes against you from every side,” said DiSalvo. “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.”
DiSalvo knows a thing or two about land speed records – in 2012, he set AMA and FIM standards at the Bonneville Salt Flats on a Carpenter Racing powered Triumph Rocket III Roadster.
Triumph Motorcycles North America President and CEO Greg Heichelbech called the joint endeavor “an incredible opportunity to simultaneously chase history and celebrate your heritage” and praised the Hot Rod Conspiracy/Carpenter Racing team for the chance to do so.
Castrol Rocket Specs:
- 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
- Fuel: Methanol
- Tires: Goodyear Land Speed Special
- Engine Lubricant: Castrol Power RS™ 4T 10W-40 full synthetic oil
About Hot Rod Conspiracy
Hot Rod Conspiracy is led by aerodynamic engineer Matt Markstaller, manager of test and development engineering for Daimler Trucks in Portland, OR. In addition to developing aerodynamic designs that improve vehicle speed, handling and fuel efficiency, the Hot Rod Conspiracy team creates one-of-a-kind performance vehicles featured in national magazines and the industry-leading SEMA show.
About Carpenter Racing
Carpenter Racing, operated by two-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion Bob Carpenter, is the motorcycle industry’s leading performance cylinder head porting resource. One of Carpenter’s more popular products is his proprietary Triumph Rocket III performance package that produces 240 rear wheel horsepower. The fully streetable performance package has turned in quarter-mile drag strip times of 8.99 seconds and 155mph and set American (AMA) and International (FIM) world land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats at 175mph.
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About Triumph Motorcycles
Triumph Motorcycles is the British motorcycle marque that produces a wide range of sport, cruiser, adventure and touring motorcycles. From the storied Bonneville to the class-leading Speed Triple and Daytona 675R, Triumph offers a blend of design, character and performance that result in truly distinctive motorcycles. First established in 1902 and now located in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England, Triumph has always set the pace for category-winning machines. The company is solely owned by Bloor Holdings Ltd. and its North American operations are based in Atlanta.