That’s pretty dang fast. The full story is below. Do we have any readers in the 200 mph club?
Uyuni, Bolivia July 18, 2018 — TOP 1 Oil and Hunter Sills Racing add another world record on their BMW S1000 RR at the Cook Top of the World Shootout and set a new peak speed of 242mph / 389kph for the World’s Fastest BMW Motorcycle.
Hunter Sills Racing (HSR) bests its own prior record, setting a new FIM world record of 229.266 mph (pending FIM ratification) in the 1000cc naturally aspirated 4-cylinder partially streamlined class. Rider Erin Sills added eight miles per hour to her late husband Andy Sills’ prior record of 221 mph set on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2013. HSR rider Trev Richter also successfully earned his 200mph race license aboard the S1000 RR.
The team overcame multiple challenges along the way. Shipping containers carrying critical equipment from the U.S. to Uyuni, Bolivia were significantly delayed, causing the race event to be truncated from the original six days to only two and a half. The first day of testing for HSR was promising, only to be followed by a major electronic failure impacting the nitrous system and a blown motor on day two of the event. In freezing cold temperatures and harsh winds, motor builder Shane Kinderis of Alpine Performance Centre and race mechanic Curtice Thom of the HSR crew swapped the blown motor for a spare, and the team was up-and-running the morning of the final day. Sills qualified on her first pass of the day, setting a new high for top speed aboard the World’s Fastest BMW Motorcycle of 242mph (up from Andy’s prior 236mph), but electrical issues caused her back-up attempt to fail to secure the record. Finally, in the last hour of the meet she was able to qualify at 229mph and back it up again at 229mph, setting a new World Record for the team. This is the 37th World or National record set by the HSR crew who’ve been landspeed racing since 2005. The team will next race the Bonneville Salt Flats this Fall with the generous support of race sponsors: TOP 1 Oil, Sena Communications, San Diego BMW Motorcycles, Sprint Filters, Ohlins USA, Remus Exhaust, Helite Airbags, AirTech Streamlining, Moto-Skiveez, Moto Chic, Pit-Bull Motorcycle Stands, Racer Gloves USA, Worldwide Bearings and Wunderlich.
Erin Sills and team continue Hunter Sills Racing, and their tradition of excellence in honor of Erin’s late husband and racing partner, Andy Sills. Having raced since 2005, the team has earned over 37 world and national records for top speed, and are members of the SCTA Bonneville 200mph Club, the SCTA El Mirage 200mph Club, the BUB 201mph Club, and the Mojave Mile 200mph Club. Follow Hunter Sills Racing online at www.huntersillsracing.com
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About Alpine Performance Centre
Alpine Performance Centre, based in rural Victoria Australia are one of the country’s leading performance motorcycle and car builders. Led by Shane Kinderis, APC are specialists in electronic systems, software and performance engine building. They are highly regarded as Australia’s experts in BMW S1000rr development and tuning, having built and raced S1000rr’s since 2010.
Photo Credit: MKinderis Photography