Somewhere on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats, motorcycle rider James Hoegh is barreling down the dusty white plain at the upper reach of 150 mph. The effort, as well as the inherent dangers that come with it, is to attempt a top speed of 170 mph and dethrone the record of 168.912 mph, the current land speed record for APF3000 class set by rider Wink Ellis last year. But Hoegh will not be alone in his quest. As in the two years before, Confederate Motorcycles will be taking up the challenge with Hoegh. And for this particular trial during the ongoing 2012 BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials, Confederate changed up Hoegh's usual steed with a heavily modified X132 Hellcat, the X132 Hellcat Prototype.
At its heart is an upgraded S&S XWedge engine rated at 2163cc, the X132 Hellcat Prototype includes a long list of improvements including a dual track intake, a custom length pushrod and tube system, new aluminum roller rocker arms, special oil pump, and more... And while Hoegh is out and about in Utah, there are talks of Confederate Motorcycles making a limited run of X132 Hellcat Combat for the consuming public some time early next year.
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."