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Castrol takes aim at speed record


CASTROL is gearing up to attempt to beat the land speed record for motorcycles in September 2014. The steed chosen is called the ‘Castrol Rocket’ and is a machine that has been built as a result of combined efforts from Castrol and motorcycle manufacturer Triumph.

The attempt coincides with the finishing touches being made to the world’s first 1000 mile-per-hour car, the BLOODHOUND SSC lubricated by Castrol, which hopes to achieve a speed record in South Africa next year.

The BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car is designed to go faster than the speed of sound while remaining under full control of its driver. Hakskeen Pan in the Northern Cape will be the scene of the feat, which is set to propel land speed endeavours into a new era of competitive design. The Northern Cape was selected as it is one of the flattest areas in the world.

The Castrol Rocket motorcycle challenge represents an attempt for the team to restore their legacy of record-breaking, which stretches back decades. Not only do they have their sights set on breaking the current world record in the days ahead, but also penetrating the elusive 400mph barrier (643.737 km/h).

Coventry-based Triumph held the record between 1955 and 1970, before the iconic English brand temporarily shelved its record-breaking activities. Suzuki currently holds the world record of 376.363 miles per hour (605.697 km/h).

The venue for this record attempt is the Bonneville Salt Flats in the US state of Utah. It is here that the Castrol Rocket project team, including aerodynamics expert Matt Markstaller, engine manufacturer Bob Carpenter and rider Jason DiSalvo, will have two opportunities to set a new world record. 

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