Land Speed Racing – APS-BG / 1000cc
272.610 mph / Record
There are a handful of traits that seem to be constant in the land speed racing community. Obviously there is the pursuit of speed, but with that pursuit there comes a special type of ingenuity and “can do” attitude. One trip to Bonneville or El Mirage and you quickly realize that land speed racing is perhaps the last bastion wide-open innovation within motorsports.
Guthrie/Amo Racing represents that type of enthusiastic innovation and make-it-happen approach. And they do it all on an annual budget smaller than Penske Racing’s weekend catering bill. Joe Amo and Scott Guthrie are as dedicated to the sport of land speed racing as they come. Every year Joe shows up for Bonneville Speedweek, where he suits up and gives the competition a run for the record.
Guthrie/Amo Racing runs a custom-built Bell Intercoolers liquid/air intercooler system on their turbocharged 1000cc Kawasaki ZX-10R. Our engineering staff worked closely with Joe to determine not only optimal intercooler size, but also proper pump flow rates and reservoir capacities.
Joe and Scott”s hard work and dedication have paid off with a steady string of records. In 2006 Joe captured the APS-BF / 1000cc record with a speed of 219.954 mph. Though as it often happens in racing, one record wasn’t enough. For 2009 Guthrie/Amo Racing switched from fuel to gas and back at Speedweek they captured the APS-BG / 1000cc record at a speed of 230.711mph. Accomplishing this with a malfunctioning transmission.
Sensing that more speed was to be had, Joe and Scott returned to the salt several weeks later with the transmission sorted out and, after a few tuning runs, laid down a staggering increase of speed. Joe took the Kawasaki to 272.610 mph, a new Guinness World Record for Fastest Sit-On Motorcycle, regardless of engine size. The transmission cooperated and held together for the attempt. The alternator, however, did not, suffering a catastrophic failure during the run, exploding with enough force to perforate the engine block, bringing the effort to an end before they could lock in the official sanctioning body record. Joe assures us they will be back in 2010 looking for even more speed and a chance to bring home a new APS-BG 1000cc record. Or two.