Firetrace News

Dave Melton, Firetrace’s founder loves a challenge and when he was approached by project leader Alex Macfadzean to develop the fire suppression systems for The 52 Express he jumped at the chance.

The aim of the project is to set a new Motorcycle World Land Speed Record using a vehicle ridden by double world Superbike Champion and former MotoGP rider James Toseland. The current world record was set by a US based team who raised the long-standing record from 322mph to 376mph. 

Project leader Alex Macfadzean is a former GP and TT sidecar racer, with experience of several Land Speed Record vehicles on both two and four wheels. To help him achieve his long held dream he has pulled together a highly skilled and motivated team of people from the world of engineering and motor sport. 

Weighing only 800kg The 52 Express is a streamliner built by Rob North a renowned bike chassis builder with a Rolls Royce GEM engine.  With speeds in excess of 400 mph ride safety is paramount, Dave Melton has been tasked in designing and building fire suppression system that is light and will operate under extreme conditions.

The plan is to attempt the record within the next two years at a suitable site outside of the UK. An obvious contender is Bonneville in the US, but the world famous salt flats have been damaged and the track surface can vary hourly. This has forced the team to look at other locations across the world including Australia. 

As the project progresses further articles and news items will be posted on our website and social media accounts.

For more details on The 52 Express project website.