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

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Submitted by Visordown News on Thu, 02/04/2009 - 10:21

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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

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.

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