Stretching more than 30,000 acres across a barren landscape, the Bonneville Salt Flats in Northwest Utah is the ultimate proving ground for attempts to break the world land speed record. Now, Triumph Motorcycles is the latest team developing a vehicle to pursue this hallowed mark.
Triumph and Castrol have teamed up to break the 400-mile-per-hour barrier in a machine they have aptly named the Castrol Rocket. A shared passion for land speed racing brought aerodynamic engineer Matt Markstaller, engine builder Bob Carpenter and Daytona 200 winner Jason DiSalvo together. The cross-country team – from Oregon, New Jersey and Alabama respectively – quickly discovered a shared interest to create and race the world’s fastest motorcycle. The Castrol Rocket is their labor of love – a homage to the high-performance heritage of Castrol and Triumph.
“Land speed racing is the purest form of motorsport. It’s about bringing all of your ingenuity, resources and determination together for a constant battle against the elements,” said pilot Jason DiSalvo. “The salt surface has little traction. The wind pushes against you from every side. But what’s really special about Bonneville Land Speed Racing is the people. 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.”
The world’s largest production motorcycle engine, the Triumph Rocket III, churns out the power for the methanol-fueled Castrol Rocket attempting to break through new land-speed barriers on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
“Castrol has been actively involved with land speed racing on multiple platforms across the globe and since competitors started running at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1914,” said Rob Corini, Brand Manager, Castrol Motorcycle and Powersports Products. “The Castrol Rocket personifies our heritage as a performance brand, with an incredible balance of power and aerodynamics, and is capable of amazing speeds. It’s the ultimate symbol of performance.”
Carpenter Racing have retuned two Triumph Rocket III engines to launch this land speed attempt. With a 2,970cc combined displacement, over 1000hp and over 500 foot-pounds of torque we look forward to seeing how this quest to reach 400mph unfolds.
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
Tires: Goodyear Land Speed Special
Engine Lubricant: Castrol Power RS™ 4T 10W-40 full synthetic oil