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IMechE Automobile Division
CANCELLED - "Motor Cycle Land Speed Record Attempt"

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Talk
22 October 2014 19:00 - 20:00
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Description

Partially-completed streamliner

A brief history of the land speed record and how the motorcycle record fits into it will provide the context for a British project aimed at taking the record to 400mph and beyond. The current record is 376mph. Details of four other US challengers will also be covered before a detailed explanation of the design challenges, research and build progress of The 52 Express. This will cover aerodynamic as well as mechanical design, a unique approach to tyres and the challenges of converting a gas turbine engine used in helicopters to a configuration suitable for delivering 1,000shp in a controlled way to a single rear wheel. It will also show how pilot James Toseland – a double World SuperBike Champion – will control the vehicle.


Speaker Bio

Alex Macfadzean – Team Principal

A former Grand Prix sidecar and TT racer, Alex is an engine development and engine test specialist whose skills have been used in everything from bike, F1 and Land Speed Record projects through to large scale industrial engine test facilities. His interest in record breaking came about via a friendship with the late Don Vesco, the only man to have held outright wheel driven records on two and four wheels. Alex is a member of the team that holds the current wheel driven LSR at 458mph. He is also the builder of an earlier 2 wheeled streamliner that held the British bike LSR and the first over 200mph in the UK.

Robin Richardson

A lifelong interest in the LSR introduced Robin to many famous names in the record breaking community and led to him founding the Speed Record Club more than 20 years ago after encouragement from Bluebird CN7 and K7 designer Ken Norris. He was recruited by Richard Noble in 1994 at the start of the ThrustSSC campaign, and via that project, introduced use of the Internet and World Wide Web not only to record breaking but to motor sport generally. As a member of the team that holds the outright record at Mach 1.02 – 763mph, he brings his knowledge of what it takes to break records to The 52 Express team.

Refreshments from 18.00, talk starts at 18.30.

Event is FREE for ALL.

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Speaker(s)

Speakers from the Motorcyle Land Speed Record Club

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Contact Details



Alternative contact Vivek Prasad
01325 554842United Kingdom
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Event is FREE for ALL.

Members and Non-Members Welcome.
Feel free to bring along your family and friends.

We request everyone to register your interest online to help us organise better and also to meet safety and security requirements at our venues. 

Members and Non-Members can use the Book Now link to book required number of places for free. You may have to create an account if you do not already have one, and it can be used again for future bookings.
 
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