Unison enlisted in world record bid

A SCARBOROUGH engineering firm has been signed up to support a world motorcycle land speed record attempt.

Tube bending specialist Unison, based off Cayton Low Road, is helping the Angelic Bulldog Project by creating the roll cage for the streamliner bike.

Unison’s work has included the manufacturing of custom tools to accommodate the unique shape of the bike, as well as bending various tube sections on a precision bending machine.

The Angelic Bulldog Project began in 1996 with Gabriel Uttley, a former Manx GP racer, and now includes a team of more than 65 volunteers.

Mr Uttley said: “We knew of Unison’s excellent reputation in metalworking machinery and initially approached the company’s managing director Alan Pickering for advice about the fabrication of the roll cage for the streamliner, because some of the bends are very application specific and we lacked the necessary resources.”

The streamliner bike is designed specifically for forward speed; it measures 6.6 metres in length, with a height of 0.8 metres and a width of just 0.6 metres. The engine is a twin supercharged eight cylinder 2.3 litre unit, rated at 700 bhp, and is intended to propel the bike more than 400 mph.

The roll cage was needed urgently by the team so Unison staff had to work through the night to create the necessary components.

Mr Pickering said: “We are delighted to be involved with such a worthwhile project. Aside from attempting to return the two-wheel land speed record to Britain, the project’s aims include promoting British design and engineering skills worldwide, and helping young people maximise their potential and consider careers in these important disciplines - which are aspirations we support wholeheartedly.”