Castrol Rocket

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Hot Rod Conspiracy/Carpenter Racing Castrol Rocket
Class Streamliner
Engine Twin turbocharged 1,485 cc inline-3 engines (2,970 cc total)
Methanol fueled
Bore / stroke 4 in × 2.4 in (102 mm × 61 mm)[1]
Top speed Greater than 400 mph (640 km/h) (projected)[1]
Power 1,000 hp (750 kW) (claimed) @ 9,000 RPM[2][3][4]
Torque 500 lb·ft (680 N·m) (claimed)[2][3]
Dimensions L: 306 in (7.8 m)[2]
W: 24 in (0.61 m)[2]
H: 36 in (0.91 m)[2]

The Hot Rod Conspiracy/Carpenter Racing Castrol Rocket (called Castrol Rocket for short) is a streamliner motorcycle built to challenge the motorcycle land speed record.[5] It is powered by destroked twin turbocharged 1,485 cc inline-3 engines sourced from the Triumph Rocket III, generating a claimed greater than 1,000 horsepower (750 kW).[2][6] The streamliner shell is carbon fiber/Kevlar monocoque.

The motorcycle was designed and built by Matt Markstaller, an engineer who designed and built a wind tunnel for tractor-trailers in Portland, Oregon.[6][7] Jason DiSalvo is the rider.[6]

The team announced that it would return to Bonneville Speedway in October, 2014 after salt conditions caused them to abandon their 2013 record attempt.[3][8][9]


  1. ^ a b Tom Roderick (August 29, 2013), Twin-Engined Triumph Rocket Streamliner To Challenge Motorcycle Land-Speed Record At Bonneville, 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Specs, Castrol Rocket official website, retrieved 2013-09-16 
  3. ^ a b c Charles Fleming (August 30, 2013), "Triumph-powered Castrol Rocket attempts Bonneville land-speed record", The Los Angeles Times 
  4. ^ "The Castrol Rocket — The Strategy Behind the Speed", Spirit (Triumph, Ltd.) (09), September 2013: 4 
  5. ^ Noel McKeegan (September 9, 2013), Castrol Rocket prepares for motorcycle land speed record bid, Gizmag 
  6. ^ a b c Louise Ann Noeth (September 13, 2013), "Resurrecting Triumph’s Glory Out on the Salt", Wheels blog (The New York Times) 
  7. ^ Anne Saker (December 25, 2008), "Swan Island wind tunnel puts big rigs to the test", The Oregonian 
  8. ^ "Triumph Castrol Rocket land speed attempt– Bonneville", Press release (Triumph), September 4, 2014 – via Cycle World 
  9. ^ "Triumph Castrol Rocket land speed run postponed – Bonneville", Press release (Triumph), September 10, 2014 – via Cycle World 

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