Over the last few years we have been privileged to be involved with the 52 Express project. The objective of the project is to bring the Motorcycle World Land Speed Record to the UK.
The 52 Express is a turbine powered steamliner motorcycle designed and built by Alex Macfadzean former holder of the British motorcycle land speed record. The intended rider is retired British racer and two times World Superbike Champion James Toseland. Dave Melton Firetrace’s founder was originally asked by Alex to design and install a bespoke fire suppression system for the vehicle.
Currently the streamliner is being built and tested at the project’s base in Essex. They are very close to being able to conduct tow tests and push tests to ensure everything works before moving on later in the year to first low speed powered tests. Recently Dave along with Firetrace engineer Michael Brame visited the team to install the final fire suppression system. Initially the fire bottles were temporarily mounted which enabled the build team to check runs and couplings. In the images below you can see that the bottles have been properly and securely mounted but are still easily accessible if they need to be changed. The one behind the bulkhead is actually a rechargeable compressed air unit to operate the retractable skids. As you can see from the pictures of the front suspension and steering and rear swing arm and final drive unit that takes all 1,200shp to the rear tyre, the engineering is first class throughout.
Watch this space for further updates on this exciting project or for progress reports check out their Facebook page.