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Great news is what the Saab world needs more than anything right now. We need to go full throttle into the future. That is just what Tom Donney from Fort Dodge, Iowa USA have done on the salty flats of […]
I know Tom, but have not spoken to him about this record. I do know Bonneville and am quite involved with the motorcycle side of Bonneville, having done TV shows and other video on the event over the years.
Also currently involved in an upcoming land speed record run for a motorcycle streamliner.
If this speed does not sound high, you have to know a couple things about Bonneville. This is salt, that at its BEST has 10% less traction than macadam at its worse a lot more. The moisture content changes all the time. Also the track has to be groomed to make it smooth. At a big event like Speedweeks with over 500 entries the salt can get very rough.
Second thing is elevation. Bonneville is 4219 feet above sea level. That cuts your HP by quite a bit. Turbos are very popular at Bonneville because of the decreased oxygen in the air. Less oxygen, = less power.
It is very exciting that Tom set this record. I am anxious to hear more details.
I am sure it was a 3 cylinder 2 stroke….or maybe a couple of engines.