Guy Martin, British TV host and motorcycle rider, will try to be the fastest human on two wheels in the near future. He’s going to make it happen with the help of a team led by another alumnus. motorbike racer and veteran of a variety of land speed record teams, Alex Macfadzean. Their vehicle of choice: a custom bike with a helicopter turbine engine.
Yes, the team built a custom steel and aluminum bike that was 30 feet long. Tucked neatly in the middle is a 1200 horsepower Rolls Royce turbine engine from a British military helicopter. This frame will be completed with aerodynamic carbon fiber body panels before the attempt. The team also has high goals. The main goal is to beat the current motorcycle record of 376.363 mph on average. But they also want to be the first team to overtake a bike at 400 mph. The team that set the old record managed to hit 394 mph in one of the two passes needed to set an official speed record.
We will have to wait a bit to see the results of their efforts. The team plans to finish the bodywork this year and will begin testing the bike this summer. The record attempts will take place next year in a saline in Bolivia. Apparently Channel 4, a UK TV company, is in talks with the team over a documentary, so we may be able to take a very close look at the development and operation of the bike in the near future.
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