Triumph Streamliner Joins Race to 400 mph

August 29, 2013
Courtesy of Triumph Motorcycles
Triumph Castrol Rocket.
Triumph will race for the 400 mph mark with its Castrol Rocket streamliner, powered by a pair of Rocket III engines and piloted by Jason DiSalvo.

Triumph joins the race to 400 mph with its Castrol Rocket streamliner. A pair of Rocket III engines power the new design, with claims of more than 1000 horsepower and 500 lb-ft torque. Jason DiSalvo will pilot the Castrol Rocket, with the AMA Pro Racing competitor and Daytona 200 winner having ridden the Rocket III to land speed records in the conventional non-streamliner classes. The project teams Triumph with New Jersey-based Carpenter Racing and Oregon’s Hot Rod Conspiracy respectively for engine and chassis work. The team is currently making its practice runs at Bonneville during the BUB speed trials, where DiSalvo is also racing the Daytona 675R and Rocket Roadster III.

The Castrol Rocket joins three other streamliners in the coveted first-to-400 race including: Sam Wheeler’s redesigned E-Z-Hook, former record-holder BUB Number Seven piloted by AMA Flat Track legend Chris Carr and the world record holder at 376 mph, Rocky Robinson and the Ack Attack streamliner.

Read more in the press release below, courtesy of Triumph. Stay tuned for more information on the Castrol Rocket and visit – MotoUSA Bart Madson

Once proclaimed the king of the Bonneville Salt Flats, Triumph Motorcycles is back at work on its latest innovation. This time with the world’s most technologically-advanced streamlined motorcycle – the Hot Rod Conspiracy/Carpenter Racing Castrol Rocket.

The Castrol Rocket (video here) is unique in that it’s a 1,000-horsepower motorcycle built like a fighter jet. The project is undergoing testing this week at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah. The goal is an eventual 400-mph-plus record-breaking run. The current American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) motorcycle land speed record is 376.156 mph, set in 2010, by Rocky Robinson with the Ack Attack streamliner.

“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.”

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 – an 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 Triumph name has been synonymous with speed since its four record-breaking motorcycle records with Devil’s Arrow, Texas Cee-gar, Dudek/Johnson and Gyronaut X1. From 1955 to 1970, with the exception of a brief 33-day period, Triumph was “The World’s Fastest Motorcycle.” The Castrol Rocket aims to restore that title.

“This project is a celebration of Castrol and Triumph’s motorsports heritage, innovation, courage and perseverance,” said Greg Heichelbech, President and CEO, Triumph Motorcycles North America. “It’s an incredible opportunity to simultaneously chase history and celebrate your heritage. Our hats are off to the Hot Rod Conspiracy/Carpenter Racing team and all of the racers who make land speed racing such a colorful and meaningful sport.”

• 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
• Fuel: Methanol
• Tires: Goodyear Land Speed Special
• Engine Lubricant: Castrol Power RS™ 4T 10W-40 full synthetic oil

For more information on the Castrol Rocket, please visit