November 11, 2010 07:12 ET

Fastest Bike to Be Built By Britons

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 11, 2010) - Since Britain lost the two wheel land speed record in 1937, British engineers have tried to win it back for decades. According to British engineers, UK will once again hold the title in 2011 or 2012 if they can secure £100,000 to build the world's fastest motorbike.

The group of engineers will attempt to build a bike capable of breaking the 400mph barrier. To do so, the two-wheeler will need a 700bhp engine, which will allow it to travel one mile in nine seconds. The project has been named 'The Angelic Bulldog Project' and stakeholders met to discuss their plans at the recent Bird Cage Walk in London on 23 September.

The team responsible for bringing the world record back to British soil consists of 12 engineers who will utilise British design, manufacturing, products and services in an aim to help restore Britain's position as a leading engineering nation. The team members boast extensive expertise gained in areas such as Formula 1 racing and the 24 Hour Le Mans Race.

The team's leader, chartered engineer Jim Brown, is the only full time member of the team and is an active member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMEchE), which supports the team's goal to raise Britain's engineering profile.

According to Brown, "The UK has a great track record in engineering which is so often ignored. We hope this inspirational project will help achieve global recognition for British engineering skills and talent. If we can do it we will be the first team to exceed 400mph on two wheels and reclaim the title which has been held by the Americans for the last 53 years."

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