British team to crack 400mph land speed record

Peterborough-based bike designers build 450bhp V8-powered, 6.6metre motorcycle to bring back world record to UK

Posted: 2 April 2009
by Visordown News

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A UK team has been formed with the intention of breaking the outright World Motorcycle Land Speed Record.

Powertec Angelic Bulldog Project hopes to set a new world record when they make their attempt at Bonneville Salt Flats in Summer 2010. The record stands at 360.913mph for the kilometre, set by Rocky Robinson in a machine called ‘Ack- Attack’ on 26th September 2008.

The British hopefuls have built a machine powered by an internal combustion engine supplied by Powertec Engineering from Peterborough.

Their unique RPA-V8 Macroblock engine, used in the Radical sports car, is based around the top-ends from two Suzuki Hayabusa engines. The 2.8L motor produces 450bhp, with a maximum torque of 250 lb ft, and a rev limit of 10,500rpm. Power is transmitted to a Quaife 6-speed gearbox out of a Radical sports car. For the record attempt, power will be boosted to 750bhp by nitrous oxide injection. Drive is to both sides of the rear wheel by chain.

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The bike will be a whopping 6.6m long, with completely enclosed and streamlined to minimise aerodynamic drag and achieve the target speed. During the start of a run, small skids are used to stabilise the bike until it is balanced.

Project Manager and team rider, Gabriel Uttley, has raced three times at Bonneville Salt Flats, the scene of many record-breaking attempts. Uttley hopes to become the first person to travel at more than 400mph on two wheels and bring the record back to Britain for the first time since 1937.

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Gabriel is assisted by members of the Angelic Bulldog Association, which includes specialists in motorbike design, fabrication, aerodynamics, performance, modelling, instrumentation, and other skills necessary to the success of the project. For more information go to:

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yes, but can you wheelie it lol

Posted: 07/04/2009 at 13:05

We hope not!

Barton Bike Night - 8 July 2009

The Angelic Bulldog team are building a streamliner to break the out right land speed record for motorcycles.

Please come and say hello to us at the Barton Bike Night.

Venue: Barton on Humber

Date and time: Wednesday 8 July

Further details of the show can be found here

Click here to find where the event is. This will open in a new window.

Posted: 03/07/2009 at 10:50

It's an FF! 

Best of luck with the record attempt.

Posted: 03/07/2009 at 10:57

Hi Gabriel,

I have bean speaking to a friend of ours about doing a talk night in November. This is normally attended by about 60+ petrol heads with their friends. We do it at my local pub on a Sunday night.

A talk will normally last about two hours, followed with a buffet where you can mingle with the fans in a sort of Q&A time.

I reckon to sell tickets for £10 each, the buffet costs £5 per head and you can put the rest towards the project.

The food is very good, and well worth the cost.

What do you think? The pub is the Cross Keys at Stow Lincoln.

Lel Whiting was my first contact, and my details are below.


Doug Garner MIMI.

Posted: 02/10/2009 at 18:18


Sounds great, Doug... if only it wasn't so far away!

Admin should be able to make it.

Posted: 03/10/2009 at 00:45

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