The super-sleek 2013 Castol Rocket is headed home from the Bonneville Salt Flats after making test runs for the world's top land-speed record.
Powered by twin turbo-charged Triumph Rocket 3 engines, specially souped by designer Carpenter Racing, burning methanol and operated by veteran motorcycle racer Jason DiSalvo, the Castrol Rocket went through several days of practice runs but was deterred from setting any records by wet and windy weather.
I described my admiration for the Triumph Daytona in a recent column, and noted among other things the awesome power band of this street racing machine.
But that's nothing compared with the Castrol Rocket, which has a total displacement of almost 3,000 cc and cranks out 1,000 horsepower and 500-foot-pounds of torque.
The aerodynamic Kevlar-skinned body is designed by Mark Markstaller. At 2 feet wide, 3 feet tall and 25 feet long, it will be competing in the Division 3, Type V, "streamlined motorcycle" category for motorcycles up to 3,000 cc.