Ever since the dawn of man, we have strived to go fast. Motorcycle enthusiasts and gear-heads perhaps have this desire slightly more so than the average Joe. A few such men - Matt
Markstaller, Bob Carpenter, and Jason DiSalvo - have pulled together a
team of people to restore Triumph Motorcycles’ legacy in landspeed
racing. Man’s passion has always launched innovation, and these three
men have set out to design, build and ride the world’s
most advanced streamliner, the Castrol Rocket.
held the title of “World’s Fastest Motorcycle” from 1955 to 1970 with
the exception of a brief 33-day period. The Triumph streamliners to
carry world records were Devil’s Arrow, Texas Cee-gar and Gyronaut X1,
the last being at 245.60 mph (395.28 km/h). Today's bar now sits at
376.363 mph (605.697 km/h).
serves as aerodynamic engineer; Carpenter is the high-peformance engine
builder; and Daytona 200 winner and Bonneville class record holder
DiSalvo bravely pilots Triumph’s latest entry. This cross-country team
converges on the Bonneville Salt Flats, a 40 square mile salt pan in
northwestern Utah, with the goal of a 400 mph plus record-breaking run.
2013 edition Castrol Rocket features Carbon Kevlar monocoque
construction with two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines producing a
combined 1,000+ HP. It is 25.5’ long, 2’ wide and 3’ tall, a true rocket
on two wheels powered by methanol fuel and filled with Castrol 4T 10W40
full synthetic oil.
Images and copy via the Castrol Rocket website.
Labels: Bonneville, Jason DiSalvo, Land-speed Record, Salt Flats, Triumph, Triumph Motorcycles