Guy Martin and his 52 Express aim to break a land speed record

Guy Martin is one of the most intrepid men on the planet. The daredevil motorcycle racer has competed for years in the Isle of Man TT, perhaps the most dangerous motorcycle race in the world. Unfortunately, he never won the incredible race, despite having come so close on numerous occasions. He did, however, claim 17 podiums in the race, but has not entered a race since his retirement from motorcycle racing in 2017. Not only that, but he has scored several victories in other motorcycle races and received a huge public support for its efforts.

Perhaps what made Martin so famous was his television exploits. His charismatic personality endeared him to many, and he set many world records on crazy machines, and right now Martin is undertaking another world speed record. Martin is chasing the world motorcycle speed record, an area he has tried his hand at before, but is currently undergoing tests with the 52 Express Streamers, with a view to setting the record in the salt desert of Uyuni in Bolivia in 2023. Guy Martin shows once again how fearless he is.

The 52 Express

52 Express Land Speed ​​Record Motorcycle
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Project 52 Express is run by former GP and TT sidecar racer Alex Macfadzean, and is one of the most outrageous contraptions you’ll likely ever see. It is powered by a 1,200 hp Rolls-Royce Gem gas turbine engine, and to slow it down it has a double parachute. The current world record stands at 376 mph, set in a 1,000-horsepower Suzuki driven by American Rocky Robinson, in 2010. Team 52 Express, led by Project 100, hopes to reach 400 mph and potentially beyond in 2023.

Macdazean has a good track record. In 2001 he helped design the bike that broke the British ground speed record in 1991, as well as American Don Vesco to break a 458 mph record in 2001. He is well placed to help Martin to break another world record. and add to his impressive CV. Martin has tested the 52 Express in its current form at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire, UK, and has so far brought the bike to just under 150 mph. This is not the first time, however, that Martin has set out to break the motorcycle speed record.

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The attempt at triumph

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In 2016, Martin traveled to the Bonneville Saltworks in Utah to try and break the world motorcycle speed record with Triumph. Martin’s bike was the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner, and he tried to break the speed record that he’s trying again. However, things did not go as planned. During one of his races to win the FIA-sanctioned record, Martin suffered a crash that reduced the team’s chances of winning the record. What didn’t help the team was that the current records were also present at Bonneville.

The rear wheel lost traction and tipped the bike onto its side, and luckily Martin was able to pull through unscathed. There was, however, some consolation to be derived from this attempt. Martin at least managed to break a record for the Triumph company, setting a record of 274.2 mph, the fastest of all Triumph bikes. The previous record at that time was 245.6 mph. The Triumph Rocket was quite an unusual looking machine, however, while the 52 Express, when fully clothed, looks like it will certainly mean business when the record attempt is taken.

Martin’s current records

Guy Martin in the Triumph Streamliner bike
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Martin has set an impressive number of records over the years and has taken on other challenges since retiring from motorcycle racing. Some of his records include the UK record for the fastest hovercraft, at 75.21 mph, and the world’s fastest tractor, his most recent record, which was 135.191 mph set in October 2019. Martin also competed in challenges with the Williams F1 team, become a member of their crew for the 1207 Belgian Grand Prix and participate in a former counter-new F1 challenge with Jenson Button.

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Will he break the record?

Guy Martin in the 52 Express Bike
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It is difficult to answer the question of whether Martin will break the world motorcycle speed record. The business is very clearly strewn with pitfalls, and his accident in the Triumph will remind us. Going up to 400 mph in a motorcycle is certainly something that is not for the faint of heart. Martin, however, is a man who isn’t afraid to push the limits and take on challenges that no one else might, and there is no doubt that he will give his all to achieve that legendary record. of 400 mph.

Sources: Facebook, The Engineer, Motorcycle News

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