Published September 04, 2013
With a name like Triumph behind it, how can it fail?
The Castrol Rocket is targeted at returning the world motorcycle speed record to the Triumph brand, which held it for most of the era spanning 1955 to 1970.
The menacing, Kevlar-skinned streamliner may look more like a missile than a bike, but once its small stabilizers retract it’s a wheel-driven two-wheeler powered by a pair of Triumph Rocket III 1485cc three-cylinder engines that have been turbocharged and tuned by Carpenter Racing to put out a combined 1,000 horsepower.
Professional motorcycle racer Jason DiSalvo will be sitting up front with the engine behind him, both down low, between the wheels.
Running on methanol, the Castrol Rocket rides on Goodyear Land Speed Special tires designed to handle speeds well in excess of the current record of 376.156 mph, set by Rocky Robinson in 2010.
That’s good, because the Castrol Rocket team has their eyes set on going faster than 400 mph.
The bike has already been tested on the Bonneville Salt Flats, and a record run is expected soon.
But maybe not soon enough.
Robinson is planning to take his bike, the Ack Attack, to Mike Cook’s Bonneville Shootout on Sept 12th to try to break his own record, also with the goal of cracking the 400 mph barrier.