“Big thanks to our latest product sponsor, specialist custom seat providers REAL EQUIPE, for ensuring I’m sat comfortably with maximum protection at 400mph! With REAL’s valuable help Richard now has an individually moulded seat and as it says on their website – “more comfort; less weight = more speed!” – particularly important when you’re aiming to be the world’s fastest on two wheels! REAL’s race seats lead the way in providing driver confidence and in-vehicle positioning using a micro poly-bead combined with a specifically formulated resin mixture set within their own fire-retardant covering material to achieve optimum strength at minimum weight, a REAL bonus for Jet Reaction.” Richard Brown – Jet Reaction rider.
In 1999 Richard Brown rode his rocket powered Gillette Mach 3 Challenger, which he also designed and built, on the Bonneville Salt Flats to an officially timed one way speed of 332.887mph peaking at 365mph. Unable to make a return run to secure the outright record due to technical issues relating to the poor course conditions Richard at least had the satisfaction of knowing that he had exceeded the highest speed previously seen for a two wheeled vehicle and, in fact, it was to be another seven years before anyone went faster. Using the experience gained from the Gillette Mach 3 Challenger Richard is now back with another thrust powered two wheeled engineering speed project called Jet Reaction. This time the design utilises a turboshaft helicopter engine converted to a pure thrust turbojet complete with an afterburner. The aim, however, remains the same, to return the Outright World Two Wheeled Land Speed Record to Great Britain for the first time since 1937… The speed to beat is now 376.363mph.
Vaughan Cartwright, MD of Real Equipe added, “We are delighted to be a technical partner with Richard and his Jet Reaction project. We are now involved with two land speed record attempts with this and the Bloodhound so we will potentially have the fastest race seat inserts in the World on two and four wheels which would be fantastic. Special projects such as these are ideal for REAL EQUIPE driver, pilot and in this case rider, positioning systems with a race seat insert fitted specifically to the machine. Clearly weight saving is key; and, as we have proven in motor sport, our race seat inserts are often the lightest solution available. Less weight = more performance! We wish Richard and his team success in their attempt to be the fastest man on two wheels.”