Top 1 Ack Attack Gears up for Bolivia
All systems go for the TOP 1 ACK ATTACK streamliner as it heads to Bolivia for the Top of the World Landspeed Trial.
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Update From Salar de Uyuni Top Of The World Landspeed Trial
San Mateo, CA — The team is ready to go! Chief Engineer Mike Akatiff and the world’s fastest motorcyclist Rocky Robinson are live from the salt flats at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, and they say the course is beautiful. The TOP 1 ACK ATTACK streamliner is ready for the Top of the World Landspeed Trial starting tomorrow. The goal is to exceed 400 mph and break the team’s own longstanding LSR mark of 376.363 mph set in 2010.
“The track is awesome,” exclaims Akatiff. “I figure you could land a 747, stop and take off at least 12 times on it before you ran out of track!” As the team was flying into Bolivia, the plane made a pass over the Salar de Uyuni salt flats high in the Andes mountains. “We came in over the track at 200 mph in the jet and the salt went on and on for about 10 minutes.”
Of course, Rocky Robinson will be going twice as fast as that. At nearly 12,000 feet (3,656 meters) above sea level, the Salar de Uyuni offers the least amount of aerodynamic drag and the best salt conditions the team has ever run in. “I’m hoping we come out here and set a record with a real high mark that will last for a long time,” adds Akatiff.
“I’ve heard so much about how amazing the salt is here, but none of it does justice to how awesome it is,” says Robinson. “When you get here and you see 15 miles of rock hard salt, it is unbelievable! I have never been on a course that long. This is going to be amazing!”
“When we started the bike with a bunch of friends back in 2002, we had no idea we would end up here in Bolivia,” says Akatiff.
History: On September 3, 2006, Rocky rode the TOP 1 ACK ATTACK to a motorcycle landspeed record of 342.797 mph. In 2007 he tried to better his speed, but crashed at speeds in excess of 320 mph and rolled 16 times! Robinson returned to Bonneville in 2008 and piloted TOP 1 ACK ATTACK to a second world record of 350.884 mph. On September 25, 2010, for the third time in four years, Robinson set the LSR that has held off all challengers for the past seven years.
See more of the TOP 1 ACK ATTACK at the Top of the World Landspeed Challenge at Salar de Uyuni in Episode 5 of the TOP 1 ACK ATTACK video series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTDKb7dHymNBAfZ_OaCADPYeJUs_02JZx
Follow along in the quest for 400 mph at https://www.facebook.com/top1ackattack/
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About the ACK ATTACK — Built by Mike Akatiff, owner of Ack Technologies, an avionics company, the ACK ATTACK is a brilliant piece of engineering. Chief Engineer Akatiff, pilot Rocky Robinson, and the ACK ATTACK team have set the Land Speed Record on three separate occasions, first in 2006 and then breaking their own record in 2008 and 2010 with a current record of 376.363 mph. The 20-foot long streamliner is powered by a pair of turbocharged/intercooled Suzuki Hayabusa engines, producing more than 1000bhp. The quest to be the world’s fastest motorcycle hasn’t been easy – the ACK ATTACK crashed three times during record runs, in 2004, 2007 (when it rolled 16 times) and 2011 – but with great risks come great rewards. http://top1ackattack.com/
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