At the Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway, 55 year old James Hoegh has successfully beaten his personal best record of 162.6 mph. But this is not what he set out for. He aims to beat the 168.912 mph record set by Wink Ellis in the APF3000 Class. James has managed to achieve 166.796 mph, and will be again giving a try later today.
In his quest for a land speed record, James will be riding a prototype of the X132 known as the X132 Hellcat Combat. The bike is powered by a modified version of the 132 cubic inch S&S XWedge engine. The engine boasts of a new and better oil pump, CNC ported heads with shorter cylinders, 11:1 compression ratio, custom dual track intake, radiused crankshaft and new rocker arms.
This prototype will be built in limited numbers for sale next spring. With the sale of these prototypes, the era of American V-twin substantive road bikes will come to an end.
Confederate X132 Hellcat is available at a price of $50,000. The prototype here, is expected to be even costlier. Indian cricket team captain, Dhoni is known for his love towards fast motorcycles, he recently bought the X132 Hellcat.
Read the news release below for more information on the speed record attempt by James.
Confederate Returns to Bonneville Armed with X132 Hellcat Combat Prototype
Birmingham, Alabama. (August 24, 2012) – Confederate Motors, Inc. (OTCBB:CFED), makers of exotic American road bikes, is returning to the Bonneville Salt Flats this weekend with its latest experimental prototype, the X132 Hellcat Combat. The prototype X132 Hellcat Combat is a modified version of the company’s acclaimed X132 Hellcat, which was recently named ‘World’s Best Custom Motorcycle’ by Robb Report Magazine. The experimental prototype was commissioned by and handcrafted for Mr. James Hoegh of Sunbury, Pennsylvania. Hoegh will pilot the machine in a quest for a land speed record at this years BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials in the APF 3000 category. The record currently stands at 168.912 mph.
The prototype X132 Hellcat Combat features a modified version of the 132 cubic inch (2163cc) S&S XWedge engine used in the production version of the X132 Hellcat. Modifications include:
• Prototype dual track intake with twin 58mm throttle bodies
• Prototype 618 cams with custom length pushrods and tubes
• CNC ported heads with smoothed 113cc chambers and ports
• Modified intake and exhaust valves
• .650 lift Sidewinder springs
• 1.8:1 aluminum roller rocker arms
• Modified oil pump with reduced thickness feed gears and modified bypass circuit
• Annealed copper head gaskets
• Radiused crankshaft
• 11:1 compression ratio (shorter cylinders and decked heads)
• Modified throttle body back plates to compensate for cut heads
The Last of a Breed
The company plans to produce a limited number of production X132 Hellcat Combats next spring. Confederate’s founder and CEO, Matt Chambers, says the production version of the X132 Hellcat Combat will be the last of a breed. “There will be no more big block Confederates after the Combat examples are produced next spring. These examples, represented by the experimental Combat prototype, are going to be the end of an era for massive displacement American V-twins packaged as fully structural components within a billet case and handmade chassis. No expense will be spared in our effort to memorialize this passing as the definitive exclamation point.”
For the past the 21 years, Confederate Motors, Inc. has designed and handcrafted America’s most substantive road bikes. The company will be posting photos and updates from Bonneville on its Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ConfederateMotors