Royal Enfield has entered the record books! A heavily modified version of its café style racer – the Continental GT – has broken the land speed record in the 500 Modified Pushrod Partially Streamlined (MPPS) category. This milestone was reached at Speed Week, an event organized by the Southern California Timing Association at the famous Bonneville Salt Flats situated in Tooele County, Utah, U.S.A.
The bike ridden by Nadine de Freitas –who holds a doctorate in physical therapy – reached an average unofficial speed of 157.2kmph. The bike underwent modifications to the piston, throttle body, cylinder head, camshafts and the exhaust system working in harmony with a complex Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) system. All this work resulted in the power output being bumped up to twice the standard output at 59bhp and the compression ratio going up from 8:1 to 12:1.
Matt Capri, performance tuner and former motorcycle racing champion is the man responsible behind the GT’s transformation. He was all praise for the bike and said that “the Continental GT has an exceptional chassis with a very competitive price point”, which made it an ideal bike for customization even for people with a budget of under 10,000 dollars (Rs 6,04,700). Watch the two part clip below showing Matt Capri preparing for his record breaking run.
Closer home, Royal Enfield has shown good growth this year and with the festive season fast approaching, has released its sales figure for the month of August. The domestic sale rose to 26,121 units with the export numbers going up to 522 units showing an increase of 66 per cent and 47 per cent respectively over the same period last year.
With the festive season still to reach its peak and the Continental GTs record breaking run, I have a feeling that the upward trend in sales won’t be stopping just yet.