Guy Martin hits 274mph in tests for world land speed record



Motorcyclist and mechanic, Guy Martin, has set a record for the fastest Triumph ever, after hitting the incredible speed of 274.2mph on a custom-build 1000bhp 'streamliner' at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

However, the TT racer is far from done, as the record was set during the practice week for his real challenge - beating the current world land speed record of 376.36mph.

The Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner – which is definitely more rocket than motorcycle – is powered by two 2.3-litre turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines producing a combined 1,000hp at 9,000 rpm. To be able to withstand such high speeds, it features a carbon Kevlar monocoque construction, and stands at 25.5ft long, 2ft wide, and 3ft tall.

The methanol-powered machine easily outpaced the two previous Triumph land speed records of 245.667mph (official) and 264mph (unofficial).

Guy Martin hits 274mph in tests for world land speed record attempt

Guy Martin hits 274mph in tests for world land speed record attempt


In a statement released on his website, Martin wrote:

"That's the testing week for the Triumph streamliner over and like I said earlier in the week, it's gone according to plan. I got the hang of steering the thing pretty quickly, then it was a case of building up speed.

"Wind is the big thing out here, so it's not a case of just jumping in and twisting the throttle. We chipped away and early on Tuesday morning we did 274.2mph, making it the fastest ever Triumph.

"Everyone was dead happy, but that's just one step to where we want to be. The current record is 376.36mph, so a way to go yet."

While it is a good sign for the Grimsby daredevil to have reached such speeds so early on, he still has a long way to go – 100mph in fact. Good luck, Guy!