Triumph is planning an attempt on the world land speed record for motorcycles during Mike Cook’s Bonneville Shootout with their Castrol Rocket streamliner.
The Castrol Rocket is powered by twin Rocket III motors; the bike has two turbochargers and makes over 1000 hp and 500 ft-lb of torque. It runs on methanol.
Matt Markstaller (Hot Rod Conspiracy) and Bob Carpenter (Carpenter Racing) worked together to build the Castrol Rocket. It’s been two years in development; it’s 25 feet long, and has a carbon Kevlar monocoque and custom aluminum alloy swingarm.
Rider Jason DiSalvo (an AMA pro) is hoping to hit 400 mph on the Bonneville salt flats; the current land speed record is 376.363 mph, set by Rocky Robinson during another Bonneville Shootout event on the Ack Attack bike. Just as importantly to Triumph, the team is hoping to regain the title of World’s Fastest Motorcycle; from 1955 to 1970 (with the exception of one 33-day stretch), Triumph held the land speed record thanks to streamliners like Devil’s Arrow (1955 at 193.72 mph), Texas Cee-gar (1956 at 214.17 mph), Dudek Johnson (1962 at 224.57 mph), and Gyronaut X-1 (1966 at 245.66 mph)..
The Shootout runs on September 12-16.