BMW has announced that a modified BMW R 1150 RT, with its standard engine swapped for a 3-series 2 liter diesel engine supplied by a British junkyard, has beaten the land speed record for a diesel-powered motorbike: 210.203 km/h (130 mph). The bike zoomed into the books on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats.
Michael Sturtz, founder and executive director of The Crucible, rode the bike. The Crucible is an artistic industrial design center in Oaklad and responsible of the project, nicknamed "Die Moto". The fuel, B100, was supplied by Greenline Industries.
The Crucible's volunteer team responsible of the project, named "The diesel dozen" describe the project as "Moving artwork: a car engine on a motorbike chassis surrounded by a hand-made fairing, reminiscent of the first GP races". The team's next target is raising to 700 the maximum rpm by means of improving the electronic engine management and reaching 260 km/h (160 mph).